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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 15 months or part-time over 3 years.


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.


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.

Different course options

Full time | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 13 months | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


13 months

Start date



Practical Support 2 (15 Credits) - Core
Practical Support 1 (15 Credits) - Core
Methods Of Chemical Analysis (15 Credits) - Core
DNA Profiling And The Analysis Of Biological Evidence (15 Credits) - Core
Drugs And Toxicology (15 Credits) - Core
Firearms, Fires And Explosions (15 Credits) - Core
Independent Research Project (60 Credits) - Core
Methods Of Crime Detection (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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.

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 learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more