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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Chemistry

    Forensic & Archaeological Sciences

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    FT Band 2 - £7,500 p/a
    PT Band 2 - £625 per 15 credit module

    If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

  • Last Updated

    10 May 2019

About the course

This course provides postgraduate education in Forensic and Analytical Sciences. Forensic Science involves the use of scientific techniques and principles to address questions of interest to a court of law. This course provides you with an overview of forensic science in general, following the crime scene to court model. This includes a series of crime scene exercises in our crime scene facilities, covering strategies for crime scene examination and an exploration of techniques associated with crime scene examination. You will also receive a comprehensive overview of most of the forensic science disciplines through the forensic biology and forensic chemistry module. You will also explore quality, which is an increasingly fundamental issue within forensic science industry; as well as the presentation of evidence and preparations for defending your evidence in a court of law.

In addition, you will then study modules underpinning the analytical sciences, which is a major source of employment for scientists, reflected in our high graduate employment rate. These modules will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the most recent technological developments and applications in Analytical Sciences. Instrumental techniques used in the analysis of organic compounds, metals, solids, etc. are all covered. Possible sources of error in experimental and instrumental analysis are discussed, thus allowing the correct interpretation of experimentally-derived scientific data. This course is comprised of two thirds taught component and one third research project component.

Course detail

The modules are:

  •  Crime Scene Science Awareness
  •  Forensic Biology Awareness
  •  Forensic Chemistry Awareness
  •  Quality and Presentation of Evidence
  •  Practical skills for Analysts
  •  Advanced Separation Techniques
  •  Project
  •  Advanced Forensic Practicals

The course is designed to train you in the scientific methodology relating to forensic and analytical sciences and extend your interest and knowledge in all areas of the subject. The taught part of the course consists of four modules in the forensic sciences and four modules in the analytical sciences. The research project requires 50 days laboratory work and takes place during the summer.

Career support

Graduates of the course can obtain forensic science positions in the UK with forensic science providers or with police services, which have their own in-house forensic provisions. There are also forensic opportunities overseas. In addition, the course provides transferable skills, meaning that the graduate is also employable in other sectors, particularly in those where a degree of quality control and assurance is required. This course can also act as a precursor to a research position or a higher degree such as a PhD.

Student support

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Visit the Forensic and Analytical Sciences MSc page on the University of Huddersfield website for more details!

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