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About this course

LJMU's Forensic Bioscience MSc is ideal for forensic science practitioners and science graduates with its state-of-the-art facilities and research-informed curriculum.

  • Enrol on this course which is taught by leading experts in the field and informed by research and excellent industry links
  • Enjoy access to state-of-the-art laboratories, crime scene facilities and a moot room 
  • Learn from forensic anthropologists, biologists, crime scene and fire investigation specialists and leading in-house academics 
  • Benefit from a local, national or international work placement
  • Develop transferrable skills in legal matters and research methods and specialise in your chosen area

Forensic bioscience involves the understanding and application of many diverse techniques and this programme aims to enhance your depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and practical skills via a stimulating and challenging curriculum.

Unique in the North West, the course is led by experts in the field and focuses on the biological aspects of forensics. Key topics include decomposition, entomology, microbiology, histology and DNA analysis. You will also study forensic medicine and issues such as post mortem interval determination and identification. You will explore the criminal justice system as a setting in which a forensic scientist might work and discover how to apply appropriate techniques to complex forensic cases, critically evaluating current crime scene techniques.

The course attracts graduates from disciplines including biology, zoology, biochemistry and forensic science, as well as those working in DNA Analysis, forensic biology, anthropology and the environmental sector. Indeed, anyone interested in the molecular and biological aspects of forensics will appreciate this programme.

You will explore emerging and specialist disciplines as well as extending your understanding of current and biological techniques and practice. Developing analytical, critical and problem solving skills, you will become a creative problem solver. You will also enhance your independent research skills, going on to enjoy excellent career development opportunities in forensic and analytical biosciences.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your course

Your programme is made up of a number of core and option modules and a research project.

Core modules

  • Forensic Bioscience (20 credits)
  • Law and Court Room Skills (20 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)
  • Bioanalytical Techniques (20 credits)
  • Taphonomy and Trauma Analysis (20 credits)
  • Forensic Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Fire Investigation (20 credits)
  • Trace Evidence Analysis (20 credits)


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

There will be some week-to-week differences in the exact time and location of the scheduled teaching for each module, depending on whether the sessions involve lectures, practicals or other forms of teaching. You should spend the remaining time in private and independent study, preparing assignments, revising for tests and exams and, very importantly, reading around your subject. The total amount of private study time that you should spend in a particular module will be provided when you start the course. For the research project (May-August) you will be expected to attend full-time, i.e. 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Teaching methods

There is a 50/50 split between theoretical and practical content and you will learn via a mix of seminars, workshops, case studies, external visits, lectures, practical sessions and e-learning.

Applied learning

With regular lectures from professional practitioners, the curriculum is directly informed by the latest developments and entirely relevant to the needs of today’s employers. The programme has been praised by external bodies for its "modules designed around national standards" and the "realistic environments created to facilitate learning and assessment".

Visit the Forensic Bioscience page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!




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