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Full time | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 13 months | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


13 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Science (Non-Medical) Forensic Medical Studies

Course type


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.


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.


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.


Study key legislation relating to drugs of abuse, key methods and approaches of drug analysis and illicit drug synthesis, and the scientific principles needed to sensibly interpret toxin-related data.

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 BSc (Hons) degree in a biological, chemical or forensic science discipline or equivalent and/or accredited professional qualifications or vocational experience in relevant areas. A good standard of English. A minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands) or an equivalent qualification is required for this course. Accredited professional qualifications or vocational experience will be considered. If students do not have the required qualification but have professional experience, we would encourage you to apply as we consider all applications on their individual merit. Similarly, if you are unsure whether your degree would be appropriate, please contact our enquiries team who will be able to assist you.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with leading industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. With a history dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Staffordshire University gained its university status in...more

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