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MSc Forensic Science

Full-time, Part-time

Location • City and Collegiate
Subject area • Biosciences and chemistry

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At a glance

Study a course that helps you to understand the forensic science process and provides evidence analysis training in modern well-equipped labs. The course content is split equally between law, science and a research project taken in an area of interest to the forensic community.

Key points
• You require a strong science degree to apply for this course.
• Learn how to use chemical and biological sciences to investigate crimes.
• Study both science and the law to prepare for a career in the specialism.
• Gain significant laboratory experience including an individual research project.

About this course

If you have a strong science degree then this course can offer you advanced study and a masters qualification in forensic science, learning how to provide important evidence to solve crimes.

You are taught a balance of science and law appropriate for practising forensic scientists, and develop the specialist skills and knowledge to gain employment in forensic science or a related area.

You study one third science modules, one third law modules and complete a major research project. Scene investigation is integral to the course.

During the course, you develop science skills and knowledge related to forensic investigation, along with an understanding of the relevant law and legal processes.

All your core science learning is studied in context, so that its relevance to forensic work is clear. We also include sections on physical and chemical methods for those considering a career in forensic chemistry and DNA for those interested in forensic biology.

We have a wide range of advanced analytical equipment available in our modern and well-equipped labs. Your laboratory work helps you develop a sophisticated understanding of various analytical techniques and their application in forensics. You gain hands-on experience of scientific instruments and learn current practice and research techniques throughout the course.

In the law modules you work with students from other courses in the forensic masters programme. This enables you to see the legal side from the point of view of several specialist professions, which all have to collaborate effectively in forensic work.
We maintain contact with professional forensic scientists and value their input to the course. There is a series of external lectures through the year, and your final project could be a collaborative one with an external partner.

There are four other forensic courses available. They are all designed to meet a wide range of individual needs and expectations. Each course complements your degree study or previous work experience.

Please note this course will not be recruiting in 2014.


Our unique forensic facilities include a crime scene investigation house and a new virtual simulation of the same house that allows you to gain additional practice in crime scene investigating.

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Full-time – one year
Part-time – two years
Starts September

How to apply

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Fees – home and EU students

2014/15 academic year

Full-time – typically £6,000
Part-time – typically £2,000 for year one and £4,000 for year two

Course fees apply to courses starting in the academic year given and may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

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Fees – international students

2014/15 academic year

Typically £11,250 for the course

2015/16 academic year

Typically £11,500 for the course

Course fees apply to courses starting in the academic year given and may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

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Coursework and examinations. Coursework includes essays, short projects, group presentation and conference debates.

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