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Postgraduate study

Crime, Forensic & Investigative Sciences

As an established UK centre for forensic and crime scene science education we enjoy close links with the government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and many forensic science providers. We work closely with local police forces – Durham Constabulary, Cleveland Police and Northumbria Police. Durham Constabulary is one of our strategic partners, which offers research opportunities. These links enhance your learning and contribute to our excellence in forensic research.

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, analytical chemistry equipment and DNA profiling facilities.

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
• crime scene science laboratory
• blood splatter analysis laboratory
• mock courtroom
• DNA profiling capability
• electron microscopy
• x-ray spectroscopic and thermal analysis
• gas chromatography
• mass spectrometry
• inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS)
• high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)


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 has a wealth of expertise, unique in the UK university sector, in forensic and crime scene investigations. Staff members include former forensic scientists, digital and crime scene investigators, police officers and trading standards officers.

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:

  • digital and mobile forensics
  • crime intelligence and analytics
  • analysis of illicit drugs
  • chemical enhancement of finger marks and footwear marks
  • forensic anthropology
  • body fluid detection and identification
  • transfer and persistence of trace evidence

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.