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MRes Forensic Science

Course Description

About this course:

This MRes programme is specifically designed to develop you into a confident independent researcher by teaching you essential research skills and enabling you to plan, execute and analyse and present your own research in your chosen area of forensic investigation.

Visit the website: http://www.derby.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/forensic-science-mres/

Course format

Modules during the autumn and spring semesters will develop your key research skills and knowledge, covering topics such as scientific writing, ethics, research planning and statistical analysis. In the summer semester, you will conduct an original research project under the supervision of one of our forensic specialists, providing you with invaluable experience and insight into how research is conducted in an area that is of particular interest to you.

Expert Staff

Our staff expertise covers a diverse range of subjects such as handwriting and document analysis, anthropology, photography and imaging, entomology, microbiology, molecular analysis, wildlife forensics, toxicology, blood pattern analysis, fire investigation, ballistics and fingerprint analysis.


We have both field sites and specialised laboratory facilities available for your research projects. These include a molecular laboratory, an insectary with adjoining entomology laboratory, an imaging suite, a scanning electron microscope suite, a dedicated microbiology laboratory, an aquarium and an analytical chemistry suite. In addition, we have just opened our new Forensic Training Facility which includes a blood spatter suite and firing range.

Funded studentships:

Each year we offer MRes studentships that are either fully or partially funded. These change on an annual basis so please email us for a list of current opportunities. For a 2016 September entry, the current full-time opportunity is available. The course fees related to this opportunity are fully funded and therefore applicants will only be required to self-fund their ordinary cost of living expenses.

Research Project

Project Title: 'The use of hand and arm restraints related to escapology'

Handcuffs have been traditionally used to restrain hands and arms during arrest but are increasingly being replaced with cable ties and other such restraint mechanisms. Whilst the minor incidence of liberation from handcuffs is well documented, the effectiveness of cable ties is not as well understood. The aim of the research project will be to characterise the effectiveness of cable ties for the purpose of restraint and to determine the prevalence and likelihood of escapology from such devises under a variety of conditions.

How to apply:

If you wish to find out more about this exciting opportunity, then please send an up to date electronic CV together with a 500 word summary of the literature related to the research project proposal to Adam S Long .

Applications should be received electronically by email no later than 5pm, Friday 29th July 2016.

Visit the MRes Forensic Science page on the University of Derby website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will need a good honours degree (typically 2:2 or higher) in forensic science or a related discipline. If you have professional experience in forensic science, you may also be considered as eligible for this courseIf you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to submit a one page proposal outlining the areas of interest for your potential research project. More details concerning this proposal will be provided when you are invited to interview.If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 7.0. All international students will have a Skype interview.

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