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The Forensic Science course will provide you with advanced knowledge of the forensic processes (particularly chemistry and biology) and analytical techniques used in crime investigation. It is the longest-running accredited programme of its type in England. 

Find out more about the course at our opening evening on Wednesday 6th March, held at our Guy's campus from 17.45-19.30.  Book your place today

Key benefits

  • Study programme fully accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
  • A well-established and highly respected forensic science course with contributions from leading forensic scientists.
  • Strategic alliance with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Directorate and research partners with Eurofins forming the Met/Eurofins/KCL managed forensic service provision (2017). 
  • Links with over 25 forensic laboratories and institutions worldwide provide research placement opportunities for students’ projects.
  • Exposure to cutting-edge technology and methodology at the forefront of forensic science research and development.
  • Flexible study pathway with the opportunity to extend your project to a 28-week project to gain an extra 30 ECTS and the MRes qualification.


Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our Forensic Sciences course is the longest-running programme of its type in England, having been first established in 1985.

You will benefit from an advanced and flexible study programme devised and delivered by internationally leading researchers, and recognised forensic providers including our accredited DNA analysis and Drug Control Centre testing laboratories. We also collaborate closely with the Forensic Directorates of the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police in both teaching and research.

The course is made up of two 15 credit modules and three 30 credit modules followed by a 60 or 120 credit research module. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for the MRes qualification, you will study an extended research module that carries a further 120 credits to complete the course.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

You are also required to complete a research and dissertation module depending on your choice of study pathway:

Part-time Pathway

Year one

  • Analytical Chemistry for Forensic Science & Toxicology (15 credits) 
  • Forensic Genetics (15 credits) 

Year two

Forensic research and dissertation module depending on your choice of study pathway

Year one or Year two

Career prospects

Most Forensic Science graduates go on to work in the forensic science sector with forensic service providers within the UK, European and International field. Others have taken employment with the Metropolitan Police or crime scene departments of other police forces. The degree, with its mixture of analytical chemistry and cutting edge molecular biology, is also highly regarded in medical laboratories Many of our Canadian graduates now work for the RCMP or the Toronto Centre for Forensic Sciences. Other graduates choose to continue to study towards a PhD either at King’s College London or other universities across the country.

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