Masters degree in Forensic Science equip postgraduates with the skills to scientifically analyse remains and sites of crimes, for evaluation in a court of law.
Postgraduate specialisms in Forensics include Crime Scene Science, Forensic Biology and Forensic Toxicology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Criminology.
A Masters in Forensic Science advances your skills in the analysis of objects, remains and different areas to understand how crimes are committed and learn about the individuals involved in these crimes. From laboratory analysis to fieldwork and even court practice, you will gain a wealth of transferrable skills and knowledge.
Practical training includes techniques such as fingerprinting (both traditional and genetic), toxicology analysis of samples such as blood, and examining materials through ballistics and trace evidence. Other training may include photography and digital techniques such as 3D modelling.
It is possible to specialise your studies in areas such as biological or chemical criminalistics, which is ideal if you have a career route in mind. These may include first-hand investigation at crime scenes, analysis of evidence in laboratories, or other roles within police or local government departments.
Australia has an outstanding international reputation in forensics, so if you’re keen to establish yourself as one of the world’s best in your field, this qualification will arm you with the critical investigative and analytical skills you’ll need to gain that next life-changing promotion (and what a job!).
Part of a collaborative education partnership with the Universities of Florida and Edinburgh, this flexible online course will give you a scientifically competitive advantage, preparing you for an impressive career in a range of sectors, including in forensic labs, drug assessment agencies and in the environmental monitoring sector.
Opportunities exist for Master of Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online) graduates in a range of areas, including in:
The Forensic Science programme 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.
Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our Forensic Sciences study programme 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 Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Directorate 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.
For flexibility, a significant proportion of the course will be delivered by narrated PowerPoint. Teaching time includes workshops, group discussions and problem-based learning exercises. Approximate total contact hours for the taught modules is 360-hours.
You are also expected to undertake 840 hours of team and individual study.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Current evaluation methods include examinations, MCQs, witness statements, courtroom appearance, crime scene management and assignments.
Formative assessments are carried out as teamwork with both peer and academic feedback. This is designed to help students with the subsequent summative assessments.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.
You will also need to have either started or completed a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations.
Most of our students go on to work in the forensic science sector with forensic service providers within the UK, European and International field being the major employers. Others have taken employment with the Metropolitan Police or crime scene departments of other police forces. Many of our Canadian graduates now work for the RCMP or the Toronto Centre for Forensic Sciences. Some of our students go on to do a PhD either at King's College London or other universities across the country.