Forensic Science and Criminal Justice MSc, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 27 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #159 (WUR) Online
To provide you with detailed, specialised knowledge and understanding of a wide range of the latest analytical techniques used in forensic science.


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


(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website ( or/and Terms and Conditions ( for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 27 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      27 months, by distance learning

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4475.5555555556 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10070 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 27 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4475.5555555556 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10070 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 27 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

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


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