This MSc focuses on cutting-edge research, the latest analytical techniques, and transferable and professional skills that will prepare you to practise as a professional analytical or forensic scientist. The course has a reputation for producing excellent scientists – our graduates are offered employment in prestigious companies in the UK and Europe, in fields ranging from analytical toxicology to forensic DNA analysis.
You will have the opportunity to undertake laboratory training as part of a work placement with Synergy Health Laboratory Services. You could conduct your research project in collaboration with Synergy Health and work towards developing UKAS-accredited methods of analysis – the ultimate standard in analytical science and a great boost to your CV.
Our tuition offers detailed training in DNA analysis and interpretation techniques. You will gain knowledge of the basis and application of a number of novel analytical and extraction techniques such as chiral chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography, solid phase micro-extraction and derivatisation techniques. You will study novel mapping techniques such as 3D scanning and LIDAR, plus our simulated facilities will allow you to learn how to effectively process major and specialist crime scenes.
To improve your employment prospects, you will learn about the law in relation to the forensic scientist – this includes their relationship with the police, lawyers and courts, and the role of the expert witness. There are guest lectures from eminent analytical scientists and forensic practitioners, and you will be encouraged to observe courtroom proceedings and visit analytical laboratories.
The student experience on this course has been designed to consolidate and extend the core knowledge base, and practical skills through research-style investigations and project work. It also incorporates the opportunity to obtain a PRINCE2TM foundation project management qualification, an internationally recognised qualification in project management (additional costs apply – see our website for details).