The MSc in Forensic Science is the UK’s longest established forensic science degree course, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016/2017.
You’ll join a global network of Strathclyde forensic science graduates in highly respected positions all over the world.
In addition to preparing you for life as a forensic scientist, you’ll also graduate with a wide range of practical skills, problem solving and investigative thinking relevant to a wide range of careers.
Following a general introduction to forensic science in semester 1, you can choose to specialise in either forensic biology or forensic chemistry. As a forensic biologist you’ll study a range of topics including:
If you choose to specialise in forensic chemistry, you’ll develop expertise in:
The focal point of the course is our major crime scene exercise, in which you are expected to investigate your own mock outdoor crime scene, collect and analyse the evidence, and present this in Glasgow Sheriff Court in conjunction with students training in Strathclyde Law School.
In semester 3, MSc students undertake a three-month project, culminating in the production of a dissertation.
Students may be given the opportunity to complete their project in an operational forensic science provider either in the UK or overseas (subject to visa requirements). Alternatively, students may complete their project within the Centre for Forensic Science itself, under the supervision of our team of academics.
Examples of institutions that previous Strathclyde students have been placed in to undertake their project include:
The MSc in Forensic Science runs for 12 months, commencing in September.
Teaching takes place in the Centre for Forensic Science. It’s a modern purpose-built laboratory for practical forensic training, equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for analysis of a wide range of evidence types. This includes a microscopy suite, DNA profiling laboratory, analytical chemistry laboratory, blood pattern analysis room, and a suite for setting up mock crime scenes.
The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences is a professional body with members in over 60 countries and is one of the oldest and largest forensic science associations in the world.
Our MSc in Forensic Science is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, demonstrating our commitment to meeting their high educational standards for forensic science tuition.
Assessment consists of written coursework, practical work assessments, oral presentations and formal written examinations. Practical work is continually assessed and counts towards the award of the degree. The project is assessed through the completion of a dissertation.
The award of MSc is based upon 180 credits.
Most forensic scientists in Scotland are employed by the Scottish Police Authority.
In the rest of the UK, forensic scientists are employed by individual police forces, private forensic science providers such as LGC Forensics and Cellmark Forensic Services, or government bodies such as the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL).
Outside of the UK, forensic scientists may be employed by police forces, government bodies or private companies.
Forensic scientists can specialise in specific areas such as crime scene examination, DNA analysis, drug analysis, and fire investigation.
Most of the work is laboratory-based but experienced forensic scientists may have to attend crime scenes and give evidence in court.
Where are they now?
Many of our graduates are in work or further study.**
Job titles include:
*information is intended only as a guide.
**Based on the results of the National Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).
Enhance your knowledge of the major fields within biomedical sciences through self-driven independent laboratory work in our specialist lab facilities.
If your first degree is in a biomedical sciences or a related subject, or you have significant experience of working in a laboratory setting within the field, this course will prepare you to take the next step in your career. The expertise you develop will inform and underpin your research activities, ensuring you will be well placed to delve deeper into your area of interest through specialist laboratory-based roles or PhD study.
You will be supported in your development through taught seminars and the guidance of your research supervisor. You will learn through a range of activities, including tutor-led lab sessions, independent research and group assignments that will require you to work effectively as part of a team to meet your deadline. The topics you will study will be wide-ranging, from immunology and haematology to medical genetics and physiology.
Our academic staff are experts in a broad range of subjects, including nanoparticles, bacterial genetics and membrane science, meaning you will have plenty of options when it comes to selecting your research project.
The modern facilities available within our Biomedical Sciences Laboratory allow you to investigate subjects that excite you. The space is purpose-built and contains a range of the latest scientific testing equipment, walk-in cold and warm rooms and state-of-the-art IT and AV facilities.
Our seminar series will give you access to visiting professionals, who will share their experience of working in industry and research. Not only will these guest lecturers give you insights into the very latest practices, you will also be able to nurture your professional networks.
You will be encouraged to cultivate your wider skill set beyond the laboratory, with the Personal & Professional Development module dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals. The activities in this module, such as practise job interviews tailored to your career aspirations, will increase your confidence and equip you with the skills to complete job and funding applications and prepare research proposals.
This course will open up skilled laboratory-based roles, such as research scientist or biomedical scientist, and you will be in a strong position should you want to apply to the NHS Scientist Training Programme. Alternatively, you could use your expertise as a science writer and researcher to write and edit scientific news, articles and features. You will also be thoroughly prepared for doctoral-level study.
Who is the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion course aimed at?
This qualification is for staff working in a predominately Clinical Transfusion environment (i.e. Nurses, Transfusion/ Haemovigilance Practitioners) and is open to students from across the UK.
How is the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion course structured?
After an initial induction period of 4 days at Swansea University, each module will be predominately work-based learning. You will be required to attend a number of face to face sessions throughout the year. Assessment method is through submission of a portfolio of evidence, including a critical narrative of the evidence provided in relation to the student’s learning journey.
The MSc element normally takes three years to complete, although you can opt out at PGCert and PGDip levels.
What to expect?
The Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion course is broken down into 3 years. Year one contains 3 modules at 20 credits each (opt out here for PGCert), year two contains 2 modules at 30 credits each (opt out here for PGDip) and the final year contains one module at 60 credits for a full MSc.
Modules on the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion course may include:
The core team for the College of Human and Health Sciences has professional backgrounds in either haematology and/ or work-based learning.
The programme manager, Mrs Heulwen Morgan-Samuel, has extensive clinical experience in general medical nursing, and has developed expertise in the care of cancer patients, including palliative care. She teaches on many palliative care and oncology modules and is the designated lead for haematology nursing in the College.
Mrs Heulwen Morgan-Samuel has published a number of research studies in peer reviewed journals specifically on infection control for the immune-compromised patient and the role of the nurse lecturer in supporting students.
Sally Hore is part of the academic team who has extensive experience in work based learning and the use of a blended learning approach to facilitate learning in the workplace.
Sally leads work based learning for the CHHS and supports the programme. She is a module lead and acts as an academic supervisor to some of the students.
The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.