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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type


Course Summary

A new Forensic Science Masters, which is open to graduates from forensic science and other science degrees. Uniquely, it combines specialist forensic science content with broader analytical science, enabling you to pursue a range of careers afterwards.

Course description

The highlights

  • If you are a Forensic Science graduate, this Masters will deepen your specialist forensics knowledge, advance your broader laboratory analysis skills, and enable you to undertake research in an area of your choice
  • If you are a graduate from another science discipline (such as chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences or another analytical science), this Masters will enable you to learn specialist forensic science skills and techniques, at the same time as building on your expertise in laboratory analysis and research
  • You will have access to a range of specialist facilities, including our Forensic Training Facility, forensic laboratories, specialist imaging suite, insectary, forensic anthropology suite, photography suite, vehicles, clandestine burial site, courtroom, and ballistics laboratory
  • Our highly-acclaimed teaching team have a wealth of industry and research experience, both in the UK and internationally.

How you will learn

During this Masters programme, you will learn in a variety of ways, including through crime scene training, lectures, workshops, practical laboratory sessions and court room role-play.

Your assessments may include formal witness statements and expert testimony, essays, laboratory reports, timed assessments, presentations and a dissertation.


Having an MSc in Forensic Science will give you a competitive edge in the jobs market over those with just undergraduate degrees. On this MSc for instance, you will be able to develop your specialism and build up more practical laboratory experience. You will also have postgraduate-level research experience, which the industry now recognises as important, following publication of guidance and legislation such as The Forensics Review (2019) and the Forensic Science Regulator Act (2021). Both these documents stress the need for continuing research, innovation and development in forensic science, to ensure greater effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System.

The course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.


Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis
Separation Sciences
Research Project
Research Methods and Data Interpretation
Advanced Crime Scene and Evidence Analysis
Advanced Bioanalytical Techniques
Professional Forensic Scientist

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 or above in BSc Hons Forensic Science or related subjects (such as Analytical Sciences, Biomedical Forensics, Chemistry, Biology, Pharmaceutical Analysis or Pharmacy).

University information

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is a modern institution offering applied, research-informed teaching in high-quality, technically advanced facilities. Whether you are progressing directly from undergraduate study, want to change your career, or pursue your passion for a subject you love, there are options to suit you. We cater for your personal circumstances, with full-time, part-time and online learning available in...more

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