Crime Scene & Forensic Science

MSc Forensic Science



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The MSc Forensic Science concentrates on practices, procedures and analytical techniques used within forensic science, and how they are applied in support of the investigation of crime and the criminal justice system as a whole. This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

On completing this course you will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of forensic science and how scientific methods are applied to the investigation of crime. You benefit from our links with practitioners and other professional organisations relevant to the field of forensic science. Key members of staff are former forensic scientists or crime scene scientists with considerable operational experience. Expect to carry out analytical and practical work in the University’s on-campus forensic facilities including specialist analytical laboratories, crime scene house laboratory and forensic chemistry and biology laboratories. Watch a short video and hear what Matthew Grima, a former student, says about this course.

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What you study

You study the taught modules listed followed by a 60-credit in-depth project.

How you learn

The course consists of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work.

How you are assessed

Modules are assessed by in-course assignments, including a courtroom-based expert witness assessment and end exams.

Professional accreditation

The Forensic Science Society This course has been accredited and commended by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences - the international professional body for forensic science.

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in the field of forensic science and forensic investigation with forensic science providers and law enforcement agencies. Other roles include scientific investigation where the application of science in a legal or regulatory context is important.

This MSc programme has been accredited and commended by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the international professional body for forensic science.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a BSc honours degree (at least 2.2) in an appropriate related discipline, or professional membership of an appropriate chartered institution or an equivalent relevant qualification. Typical subjects would include biology, chemistry, biomedical science, biochemistry and forensic science.

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Industrial experience

On each master's degree you complete a project related to professional practice. This, along with the involvement of practitioners and academics in the delivery of these courses, ensures that they are relevant to the requirements of the criminal justice system.

Intermediate awards

Our master's degrees can lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate at Stage 1 (60 credits), a postgraduate diploma at Stage 2 (120 credits) or, on completion of a research project, the MSc.

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