Chemistry (Forensic and Analytical Science)

BSc (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year

For those who do not have a strong enough academic background for direct entry to the full BSc course, a foundation year provides a foundation of scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge, while developing a reflective and adaptive approach to study. You learn through a mix of formal study, discussion and practical experience.

Semester 1 core modules

  • Preparing for Learning in Higher Education
  • Foundation of Chemistry 1

Semester 1 optional modules (choose one)

  • Foundation of Maths 1
  • Foundation of Maths A

Semester 2 core modules

  • Chemistry in Action
  • Foundation of Chemistry 2

Semester 2 optional modules (choose one)

  • Foundation of Maths 2
  • Foundation of Maths B

Integrated Masters with an Industrial Placement

MChem students who are spending a year in industry will also complete the following modules whilst working.

  • Topics in Core Chemistry
  • Topics in Applied Chemistry
  • Industrial Experience Project Report
  • Industrial Experience Professional Skills

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £15,300

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £10,650

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

About the course

Taught by some of the leading authorities in the field, our Chemistry (Forensic and Analytical Science) programme is designed for those who wish to take advantage of the high demand for analytical scientists both nationally and internationally. The course has been designed to develop the skills that are in-demand with employers - you will learn how to solve real forensic investigation problems using some of the latest equipment in our 21st century analytical science and toxicology lab. We have a deservedly excellent reputation for research and teaching; our department has consistently achieved over 90% for student satisfaction since the National Student Survey was introduced. On this course you’ll learn to detect trace materials and study criminal activity.

This programme has employability at its heart – preparing you for the real world of forensic and analytic science. Studying in our cutting-edge laboratories and using our state-of-the-art equipment, you will be given expert training in pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry in a supportive environment. Blending forensic science, analytical chemistry and toxicology, your studies are designed to give you the practical skills to work in analytical chemistry, materials chemistry and forensics. The foundation year is ideal for students whose qualifications don’t allow direct access to a degree course, while the MChem programme gives a deeper understanding of the discipline. The option of spending a year in industry imparts skills, experience and knowledge to give you a valuable head start in your career. Both Honours and Masters programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, allowing you to become a member of the society and achieve, after appropriate career experience, Chartered Chemist status (CChem).


BSc (Hons)

4 years



4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

Well-trained forensic and analytical scientists are in great demand worldwide. You will have the benefit of studying at a renowned centre of excellence, increasing your chances of employment. There are opportunities within the police service and armed forces. In addition to this, graduates find opportunities in government roles.

There are a range of possibilities in public and private sector laboratories, and our students are in high demand in these areas. Hull has strong links with universities and industries internationally, offering opportunities to work on global projects.

There are also potential opportunities in human and animal toxicology, industrial systems and pollution control. The transferable skills you learn, both from a scientific and communications perspective, are in demand and can lead to a variety of rewarding careers in management.

The Analytical Science Group has excellent links with laboratories, in both the public and private sectors. This often provides employment opportunities for Hull graduates.

The University of Hull has an excellent careers department, and there is support available throughout your degree and afterwards. Hull is one of the few universities to offer lifelong career support.