BSc (Hons) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis

This course combines scientific analytical skills in  chemistry and biology in conjunction with an in-depth knowledge of crime scene management.

In this four year course students will carry out an extensive laboratory-based research project in an area of direct relevance to forensic investigation. This will give you an opportunity to to use sophisticated analytical instrumentation and learn skills such as project management, independent learning, planning, time management and report writing. This course also has advanced modules in environmental forensics, chemical analysis, chemistry, immunodiagnostics, molecular biology/DNA analysis, and advanced crime scene management.



Students will explore the science behind a wide range of criminal activities such as murder investigation, contraband goods, laundered diesel, gunshot residue, illegal drugs to forgeries and electronic crimes. There is an emphasis on quality control in measurements, traceability of samples and documentation, and adherence to written procedures and protocols.

Graduates from this course will be versatile with key skills in chemical analysis, bio-analysis, IT and communications and project management. These will enable them to attain employment in laboratories in a variety of sectors from forensics, environmental, pharmaceutical and food industries as well as engaging in further postgraduate study.






The BSc(Hons) achieved accreditation from the Chartered Society of Forensic Science in the UK in December 2013 for the component standards Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence(IEPE), Crime Scene Investigation(CSI) and Laboratory Analysis (LA). As the first third level course on the island of Ireland to achieve this accreditation, it give graduates the assurance that they have an internationally recognised qualification and are ready to undertake a professional career in forensic science. 


Life Sciences SG448 Honours Degree Abinitio

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2017 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

Minimum Leaving Certificate Points 2014/15: 340

Average Leaving Certificate Points 2014/15: 375

A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for this course.

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Contact Number: 071-9318510