Postgraduate study

Forensic Science

We are an established centre in the UK for postgraduate education in forensic and crime scene science. Our forensic teaching staff have close links with the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology, police forces including Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary, the College of Policing and many forensic science providers – these links enhance your learning and contribute to our excellence in forensic research.

Forensic and crime scene science courses at Teesside

Find out more about our forensic and crime scene science courses, specialist facilities and hear from our students and staff.


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Quality teaching

At Teesside we are committed to providing a stimulating and supportive environment and are dedicated to encouraging you to achieve your potential. You will leave with a thorough grounding in your discipline as well as a range of technical, analytical, organisational and IT skills you’ll find useful in any career.

First-class facilities

Our courses are supported by a crime scene house laboratory, a digital evidence laboratory, replica courtroom and a vehicle examination laboratory. Further laboratories are equipped with a full range of optical microscopes, forensic chemical analysis equipment and a DNA suite.

Our extensive laboratory facilities and equipment support the teaching on your course and offer you the opportunity to undertake a research project selected from a wide range of topics relevant to your course. Facilities and equipment include:
• vehicle examination laboratory
• digital evidence laboratory
• replica courtroom
• DNA suite
• electron microscopy
• x-ray
• spectroscopic and thermal analysis
• scanning electron microscopes
• nanotechnology/clean-room facility
• gas chromatography
• mass spectrometry
• Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS)
• bioreactor and steam autoclave/pasteurisation plant
• spectrophotometry
• High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
• food preparation and processing equipment
• molecular and tissue culture equipment
• orbital incubators
• microbiology/molecular biology facility
• Hazard Group 2 facilities.


The Centre for Forensic Investigation plays a key role in developing research and education at both national and international levels in crime scene science, forensic science, forensic investigation and disaster management.

All our postgraduate students have the opportunity to carry out research projects into current topics affecting the investigative process and supporting the criminal justice system. Staff and students are also actively involved in research, some at the forefront of their specialist fields.

We offer full-time or part-time research degree opportunities at master of philosophy (MPhil) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) level in a wide range of subject areas.

The School of Science & Engineering has a wealth of expertise, unique in the UK university sector, in forensic and crime scene investigations. Staff members include former forensic scientists, crime scene investigators, police officers and trading standards officers. We also have extensive modern laboratory facilities for forensic chemistry, forensic biology, crime scene investigation and vehicle examination.

Our research covers a broad range of subjects including crime scene science, forensic science, forensic investigation, disaster management and related areas.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • analysis of illicit drugs
  • chemical enhancement of finger marks and footwear marks
  • forensic anthropology

We are currently involved in projects with the Forensic Science Service, National Policing Improvement Agency, Greater Manchester Police, Durham Police, Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade.

UK-based research students may be funded by either UK or overseas sources, and opportunities are available for students based abroad to enrol and register for MPhil or PhD awards.

As well as welcoming individual applications for research, we have a number of established international institutional links and joint programmes.


  • Learn the skills and knowledge required by a professional graduate scientist to embark on a career in the forensic science industry
  • Benefit from our close links with the Home Office, forensic science providers, College of Policing and the police
  • Test the results of your evidence in our fully equipped replica courtroom
  • Develop technical, analytical, organisational and IT skills essential for any career
  • Study a course accredited and commended by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences - the international professional body for forensic science