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Crime Scene & Forensic Science

Teesside University is an established UK centre for forensic and crime scene science education – with over 20 years of history teaching in these subjects. We pride ourselves on having former crime scene and forensic practitioners as lecturers. All of our crime scene and forensic degree routes are accredited by our professional body, The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Our courses are based on scientific investigative principles, giving you a blend of scientific understanding and broader analytical, management and professional skills. Our focus is on your career path, not just your graduation day.

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We emphasise team projects, problem solving and simulated forensic casework exercises. We help blend theory and practical skills in the context of operational crime scene and forensic work – developing the skills employers value most.

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Quality teaching

At Teesside University we are committed to providing a stimulating and supportive environment and are dedicated to encouraging you to achieve your potential. We aim to produce graduates with a thorough grounding in their discipline as well as helping you develop a range of technical, analytical, organisational and IT skills you will find useful in any career. The academic staff in the School of Science & Engineering, who deliver the science undergraduate courses, have operational experience from previous careers in their field and they use this to bring your studies to life.

Entry requirements

Each programme description includes information on typical entry requirements; these include any specific subjects and/or grades required. If your qualifications are not listed, please contact our admissions office for advice. Offers may occasionally vary as we select each applicant on their own merits. We do encourage all applicants invited to an interview to attend. During your visit you will receive tailored guidance and advice on your choice of course, entry requirements and areas which you may need to focus on to help you meet the requirements for admission. During your visit you will also have the opportunity to see our fantastic campus, tour the laboratories relevant to your subject area and talk to staff about your degree course.

All students need to demonstrate a certain level of English before joining their course. For many UK students, this will be GCSE English language at grade C. We also accept many other UK and international English language tests. These include Functional Skills, IELTS, Pearson English and a range of Cambridge English language tests. International students from outside the European Union should check our website for approved English language tests.
All students are expected to have numeracy skills at a level equivalent to GCSE mathematics grade C or higher.

First-class facilities

The School of Science & Engineering offers a comprehensive range of professionally accredited crime scene and forensic degrees which are supported by extensive crime scene house laboratories, a digital evidence lab and a substantial multi-vehicle examination lab. Further science labs are equipped with a full range of optical microscopes, analytical chemistry equipment and DNA profiling facilities. In addition, we have a replica courtroom at the University where you can present evidence in a realistic environment to further enhance your learning opportunities.

Excellent prospects

Crime scene and forensic degree graduates can seek employment in a wide range of sectors. They are not restricted to roles as forensic scientists and crime scene investigators but have enhanced employment prospects in sectors which include medical and scientific laboratories, chemical and processing industries, the legal profession, probation service, police forces, Ministry of Defence, Home Office, Trading Standards, criminal justice agencies, forensic science providers and commercial fraud investigation, to name just a few. With our focus on science and communication, graduates have also found employment teaching in schools and colleges.


All students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels have the opportunity to carry out research projects into current topics affecting the investigative process and supporting the criminal justice system. Staff are also actively involved in research at the forefront of their specialist fields. Through our Centre for Forensic Investigation we have extensive links and collaborative projects with UK and international forensic science users and providers.