**This course covers topics such as the causes of criminal behaviour, whether criminals are born or made and the legal aspects of forensic science, including the court process and the roles of the judge, jury and witnesses.** **WHY STUDY FORENSIC SCIENCE AT DERBY?** - Study on a course fully accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science, and with a University whose Forensic Science provision is ranked in the Top 10 for student experience, according to the Times and Sunday Times League Table, 2018. - Laboratory work is central to the role of the forensic scientist - our forensic laboratories include an osteology lab for skeletal study, entomology lab for insect investigation, and forensic imaging facilities. We hold a Class-A drugs licence and firearms collection to provide a realistic forensics training environment for you. You'll also use our on-campus Crime Scene House and crime scene cars. - You'll be taught by active researchers who have many years of commercial forensic experience. Guest speakers, such as criminal justice professionals, judges and lawyers, will also share their remarkable experiences with you. **WHAT YOU'LL COVER** - First year modules will introduce you to key scientific skills as well as the principles of law, criminology and criminal justice. A range of modules at stages years two and three include trace evidence, miscarriages of justice or serious and organised crime, with options to explore wildlife crime, toxicology or victimology among others. For your final-year research project, you will have the chance to focus on a specialist theme of your choice. You'll have the opportunity to observe a postmortem and apply for a year-long placement to help develop the skills employers look for. **HOW YOU'RE ASSESSED** - You’ll be assessed through a range of mediums, including formal witness statements and expert testimony, as well as essays, laboratory reports, case studies, portfolios, and presentations. **YOUR CAREER** - Our course gives you a solid foundation for success in a challenging and pioneering profession - you could follow in the footsteps of our many successful graduates and work within the criminal justice system, the police force, the prison service or forensic services. You could also pursue careers in broader areas such as insurance companies, law firms, pharmaceutical companies or private laboratories. The course equips you with the skills you need to take your studies to a higher level too. Because it is an applied science course based on subjects such as organic chemistry and molecular biology, you could go on to study for an MSc, MPhil or PhD. **STUDY OPTIONS** - This course is also available with a Foundation Year option.