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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    13 months

Course summary

On this course you will take your science or forensic science degree to the next level with a more detailed exploration of the evidence. You’ll put learning into practice at summer schools on campus.

This MSc will build upon your previous experience of biological, chemical or forensic sciences. You’ll further hone your evidence-gathering skills, including biological evidence, finger marks, footwear marks, documents, fibres and glass.

The emphasis of this award is on accuracy, accountability and thoroughness, with the aim of providing results and interpretation for use by a court of law.

You’ll put theory into practice in our fully equipped crime scene house on two summer schools over one month. You’ll also gain valuable experience in our modern laboratories.

You’ll learn from real case experience through staff expertise. They are involved in courts of law, case work and research with police forces.

This course can be studied part-time which would require a 15 hour per week commitment.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Forensic Science

Blended learning

This course is offered as blended learning, full-time over 13 months or part-time over 3 years.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding and learn how to improve for the real thing.

Assessment is by coursework assignments. Coursework takes various forms including essays, reports, analysis of evidence and role-play, including cross-examination in our mock courtroom.

The practical support modules are assessed by submission of written reports based on experiments carried out.

The independent research project assessment consists of the writing of a project proposal, a manuscript for submission to a journal and a literature review in addition to your laboratory notebook.

Careers

After completing the MSc Forensic Science, you’ll be equipped to work in the following roles:

  • Forensic scientists (varied disciplines)
  • Analytical Scientist
  • Crime Scene Examiners
  • Fingerprint Analyst
  • Forensic Specialist within Police Forces
  • Medical Researcher
  • Academic

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,500overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Staffordshire University

  • University League Table

    97th

  • Campus address

    Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DE, England

The new Catalyst building will be home to future-facing Business degrees. All students have access to industry-standard facilities such as the Smart Zone.
Guaranteed work placement opportunities with national and international employers.
Innovative teaching is delivered by research-active lecturers in friendly and supportive environments.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 34 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 167
    114 60%

    17th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%

    10th

    7
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%

    12th

    1

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