Forensic Science and Criminal Justice MSc, M.Sc.

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To provide you with detailed, specialised knowledge and understanding of a wide range of the latest analytical techniques used in forensic science.
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On this part-time, distance learning course you will learn how to evaluate and interpret different forms of forensic evidence and how to consider its relevance to police investigations. You will study the scientific principles and practical application of the many and varied techniques used to forensically examine different evidence types.

You will learn how to select the most appropriate techniques for different evidence types, how to interpret the results and how to apply critical analysis to determine what that means in terms of evidential value.

The skills and knowledge you will gain on this course will enable you to confidently argue the reasoning behind the interpretation and evaluation of forensic evidence and to demonstrate in a court of law that you are credible as an expert witness.

This course is offered in association with the University of Florida and the University of Canberra.

If you complete all of the modules and a dissertation you will be awarded an MSc. However it is also possible to compete only the modules, without a dissertation, and receive a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), or to complete just the first year modules and receive a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) These are 'exit awards' which means that you cannot apply for them directly; you must apply for the MSc.

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Programme Structure

Course Modules

Year One (Oct - June)Year Two (Oct-June)Jul-Nov

Module 1 - Crime Scene Examination

Module 2 - Trace Evidence Analysis

Module 3 - Evidential Value and Interpretation

Module 4 - Research Methods

60 credits of elective modules from a range including:

Arson investigation

Forensic Engineering

Introduction to Forensic Archaeology

Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

Crime scene management

Intelligence gathering and data mining of police data

Blood Distribution and Spatter

Environmental Forensics


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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 27 months

      27 months, by distance learning

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Academic Requirements

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and we welcome them from students from a range of backgrounds and educational experiences. If you do not hold an academic qualification, we may be able to consider you on the basis of extensive and relevant work experience.

Suitable candidates for the MSc Forensic Science and Criminal Justice will normally have:

  • A good UK honours degree or its overseas equivalent (2.1 and above)
  • Or extensive and relevant work experience in the field of Forensics

If your first language is not English you will need to satisfy the University’s English language requirements.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 10070 International
  • GBP 10070 EU/EEA

*Fees listed are for September 2016 entry and the entire course


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