Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Points Required 243*
  • Course Code SG437
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

This course will give you all the skills for employment as a forensic or analytical scientist in any number of roles. We will train you on state-of-the-art instrumentation in chemical and biological sciences relevant to forensic analysis.

You will acquire the skills to act as an expert witness in criminal law cases and the technical skills to contribute scientific analysis to criminal investigations. Key areas of focus include crime scene investigation, molecular biology, immunodiagnostics, chemical analysis, criminal law, science and IT communications.

Graduates will be versatile and will have key skills in chemical analysis, bio analysis, IT and communications which will enable them to attain employment in a variety of sectors from forensics, environmental, pharmaceutical and food industries, as well as engaging in further study.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates work in the wide range of industries where analytical science is required, and initially take up roles as analysts, scientists and technical officers. Graduates have found employment in a broad range of sectors including in forensic science, teaching, food research and in the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates leave this analytical programme in high demand with large companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Abbvie, Coca-Cola and Alergan offering employment and internship opportunities.

Further Study

Graduates can progress directly to the final year (year four) of the Level 8  Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis 


Catriona Reilly 

Chromatography Engineer, Monaghan Mushrooms

BSc (Hons) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis 2016

"My qualification has led me to gain employment as a Chromatography Engineer with the second largest mushroom provider in the world. The analytical background I received at IT Sligo gave me the confidence and knowledge to succeed in my daily role. Returning to IT Sligo as a mature student was daunting, however, the college welcomes all ages with open arms with very approachable lecturers who are always willing to help you" 

Did you know?

Students who progress and complete the level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis will graduate from a programme that is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science in the UK 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 gives graduates the assurance that they have an internationally recognised qualification and are ready to undertake a professional career in forensic science

The level 8 programme is also aligned to the Teaching Council guidelines for secondary school teaching of science & chemistry. To become a fully qualified secondary school teacher, students need to complete a Professional Masters in Education (PME) after they graduate with the level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis