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The MSc Forensic Science (with Advanced Practice) postgraduate course concentrates on practices, procedures and analytical techniques used within forensic science. It considers how these are applied to support the investigation of crime and the criminal justice system as a whole.

Course details

This course is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.On completing this course you will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of forensic science and how scientific methods are applied to the investigation of crime. You benefit from our links with practitioners and other professional organisations relevant to the field of forensic science. Key members of staff are former forensic scientists or crime scene scientists with considerable operational experience. Expect to carry out analytical and practical work in the University’s on-campus forensic facilities including specialist analytical laboratories, crime scene house laboratory and forensic chemistry and biology laboratories.

This programme is an opportunity to enhance your qualification by spending one semester completing an internship, research or study abroad experience. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position.A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. Alternatively, a research internship will develop your research and academic skills by working as part of a research team in an academic setting, which is ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.A third option is to study abroad in an academic exchange with one of our partner universities. The study abroad option will incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. You must also take responsibility for ensuring you have the appropriate visa for study outside the UK, where relevant.

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Investigative Strategy
  • Legal Issues and Evidence Reporting
  • Research Methods and Proposal
  • Research Project

Advanced Practice options

  • Research Internship
  • Study Abroad
  • Vocational Internship

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, projects and assignments. You are also expected to participate in self-directed study, to review lecture notes, prepare assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. 

How you are assessed

Modules are assessed by in-course assignments – including a courtroom-based expert witness assessment – and end exams.


Career opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in the fields of forensic science and forensic investigation with forensic science providers and law enforcement agencies. Other roles include scientific investigation where it’s important to be apply forensic science in a legal or regulatory context. 

This MSc programme has been accredited and commended by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the international professional body for forensic science.

Work placement

On this programme you complete a project related to professional practice. This, along with involving practitioners and academics in delivering these courses, ensures that your learning is relevant to the requirements of the criminal justice system.

Visit the Forensic Science (with Advanced Practice) MSc page on the Teesside University website for more details!




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