UWS Clearing

Criminal Justice and Forensic Science


BSc (Hons)

4 years full-time, 5 years full-time (sandwich), typically 6 years part-time


September 2023


About the course

The BSc (Hons) Criminal Justice and Forensic Science degree helps you kick-start your career in the criminal justice system by developing expertise in criminal justice and the forensic examination of evidence.

This unique degree offers an opportunity to study criminal justice theory, research and policy alongside the forensic science vital to modern investigations. It draws on learning and expertise from two existing and successful degrees (BA Criminal Justice and BSc Forensic Science) and it covers the study of:

  • the concepts, theories, structures, organisations, processes and practices involved with the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime, the workings of the criminal law and criminal court system and the treatment of offenders
  • crime scene examination, drugs, alcohol and evidence interpretation

This degree will prepare you for a career in the criminal justice system in policing, criminology or as a forensic examiner capable of analysing and interpreting evidence from crime scenes. Throughout your studies, you will gradually develop your scientific knowledge and research and inquiry skills applicable to the interface between criminal justice and science.

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:


Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

Rest of UK (Eng, Wales & NI) & Republic of Ireland

Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

International (including EU/EEA)

Year 1: Closed

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Scottish Highers: BCC (69 UCAS Tariff points) including Human Biology, plus SQA National 5 Maths / Application of Maths or  BCC (69 UCAS Tariff points) plus SQA National 5 Biology or Chemistry (Grade B, or above)
  • A levels: DDD (72 UCAS Tariff points) including Human Biology, plus GCSE Maths (Grade 6) or DDD (72 UCAS Tariff points) plus either GCSE Biology or Chemistry (Grade 6)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 including HL Human Biology plus OL Maths or OL Chemistry or Biology
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 27 points including Chemistry or Biology
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to STEM or Access to Humanities or Access to Social Scienes or Access to Law & Criminal Justice all must include Grades BBB*

All applications considered on an individual basis.

All applications considered on an individual basis.

How to Apply


You can apply for this course, as well as keep up-to-date with your undergraduate application, via the UCAS Hub.

Your UCAS Hub account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Clearing Guide

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Enquire about this course

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)
E: clearing@uws.ac.uk


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