The Master Programme in Forensic Science in Uppsala provides you with a knowledge and understanding of how to apply biological and chemical analyses in crime scene investigations. The programme introduces you to generally used methods and technologies for broad knowledge and skills. Several of the laboratory components in the courses are connected with issues of criminalistics and based on novel research. The methods are generally used in many other areas apart from forensic science. The Master Programme in Forensic Science is thus a broad education with close ties to research.
The programme is designed for those wishing to broaden and deepen their earlier knowledge in chemistry and biology with an orientation towards issues of forensic and toxicological analysis. The broad competence in forensic biology, toxicology, and chemistry prepares you for work in many types of laboratories. The programme also provides you with broad knowledge of human genetics, molecular biology, toxicology and analytical chemistry, which paves the way for careers in the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, environmental monitoring, and biotechnology industry. The programme also prepares you for continued Ph.D. studies (research level).
The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Forensic Science as the main field of study.
Semester 1 of the programme starts with a course in Medical Genetics where you will develop your understandings of Genetic inheritance, how genetic diseases arise and how these are diagnosed, as well as get an overview of the techniques used in genetic analysis and research. This is followed by an introduction to the field of forensic science and crime scene analyses where lecturers from crime scene units in the police organisation will provide you with insight into their work and methods. This is followed by the course Forensic Genetics and Forensic Medicine. You will learn how forensic medical investigations and analyses are performed. In the forensic genetics part you will gain knowledge about molecular biological methods used for crime scene investigations. You will participate in laboratory work and learn how to make use of DNA databases and statistics in assessing results. You will also participate in a seminar series for Master’s students of the medical faculty.Semester 2 starts with an elective period of ten weeks where you can choose to take the course Genomic and Epigenomic Medicine, do a literature project, or (if you are fluent in Swedish) take a course in criminology at Stockholm University. This will be followed by the course Forensic Chemistry, which will provide you with insights into the different crime scene analyses based on analytical chemistry. You will also practise methods for analysing traces from crime scenes, using traditional and new analytical technologies.
During Semester 3 you will add depth to your knowledge of toxicology and analytical chemistry. The course Analytical Toxicology includes: toxicology, analytical chemistry, and acute poisoning. The thread running through the course is various types of exposures, which ”will be discussed”, on the one hand, from a toxicological perspective (underlying mechanisms and risk assessment/safety evaluation), and, on the other hand, an analytical chemistry perspective (focusing on taking samples, separation, and detection). You will also carry out an individual project that you will present orally and in writing.In semester 4 you will conclude your programme with an individual degree project, to be carried out in a crime laboratory, in a company, at a university, or governmental agency. You can also carry out your degree project abroad and choose from a wide range of topics (not restricted to forensic science).
You can apply until:
For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.
Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.
Knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in life science are required.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000
Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.
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