Forensic science is a broad subject area that draws on many scientific fields. It requires skilled individuals to assist with enquiries of a criminal or civil nature. From gathering traces at a crime scene to analysing specimens for drug abuse, firearms or explosives, no two days will be the same.
Our work in forensic science is driven by our backgrounds as practitioners – either working with UK police, forensic service providers or through academia. Research areas include trace evidence and toxicology. Read more about our Forensic Science Research.
Whether you have a science background or not, our courses develop you to become an experienced and competent graduate from one of our accredited Forensics degrees.
Attending an online or on-campus open day is the ideal way to learn more about our Forensic Science degrees and get a feel of what it's like to study at the University of South Wales.
Speak to the lecturers and expert staff who teach the courses, take guided and virtual tours of our campuses and facilities, view accommodation, speak to our advice team about placement and career opportunities and discuss finances. Plus, speak to current students and hear about their experiences firsthand.
Many of our Forensics courses have accreditation from The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. An accredited degree is a marker of the quality of the student learning experience and indicates professional standards are being met. Our courses are regularly assessed by the professional body, giving you the assurance that the course content is relevant to current and emerging areas of forensic sciences.
Our bespoke Crime Scene Training Facility allows you to train in a realistic, simulated and challenging learning environment, and includes scenes such as burglary, homicide and fatal fire. You will develop your analytical approach to crime scene investigation and learn how to recognise evidence of various different forms. You will also have access to other specialist facilities including a criminalistics laboratory, search laboratory, molecular and DNA analysis facilities, and analytical and chemistry laboratories.
Our immersive learning approach is integral to our courses, from regular practical classes to day-long experiences where you are required to work as a team. You could find yourself at a simulated excavation, completing facial reconstruction exercises, investigating a fatal fire, or conducting detailed literature research into a specific area of forensics.
One of the most important elements of any course is the team behind it. Our academics have made a series of ‘meet the team’ videos so that you can see who will be teaching you in September and get to know them on more of a personal level.
Dr Paul Jones reminisces on how buying a chemistry set from Toys ‘R’ Us as a child sparked his interest in the subject and ultimately led him to where he is today. He also explains various projects that students get to work on such as how blood starts weather in different environments and how students apply course knowledge to real-life scenarios.
The Glyntaff campus is surrounded by green open spaces and beautiful views. Inside, a multi-million-pound investment means you’ll be learning in a purpose-built environment. Outside, nearby locations such as Cardiff and the Brecon Beacons provide fantastic fieldwork and student experience opportunities.
Many of our lecturers are at the forefront of their field, producing world-leading research and contributing to advances within their area of expertise. We ensure that our teaching teams are still also strongly connected to their individual industries, ensuring they bring their knowledge of these to their work on our courses.
We have a range of opportunities outside the classroom for our students to get involved with. You could join our fantastic fieldwork courses in the UK and overseas or you could join any of the subject specific societies our courses have in the Students’ Union.
Dedicated onsite and online support, advice and mentoring will ensure you're heard and supported. Our support services are at the forefront of addressing the challenges that modern-life brings.
Employability is at the heart of everything. So much so that a lot of our teaching is informed by what happens in the real world and the skills you’ll need for your chosen career.
Many of our courses have accreditation from professional, statutory or regulatory bodies. This allows you to gain a qualification recognised in your profession.