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Forensic Science MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: One year full-time / two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

If you have a strong chemistry or forensics background and want to gain more specialised knowledge of forensic toxicology or bioarchaeology, this course is for you.

If you are looking to further yourself as a forensics expert, this course will provide you with understanding of current legislation and legal procedures impacting professionals, recognising constraints and opportunities. You will gain deep knowledge and experience of relevant forensics techniques, gaining hands on experience from experienced practitioners.

This is a useful course for those already working in law enforcement agencies or those wanting to work in the field of forensics. Alternatively, this Masters can provide you with a route into research.

  • Work with academics who are also practising professionals in the field of stomach contents analysis and post-mortem analysis.

Course accreditation

  • Chartered Society of Forensic Science Logo

What you’ll study

You will be taught six modules before conducting a research project in your chosen specialism. Modules you'll study will include:

Forensic Expert (20 cp)

Gain professional awareness of the legal standards for presentation of expert evidence in court, including the duties and liabilities of the expert witness.

Analytical Toxicology (20 cp)

Develop working knowledge of various drug separation and detection techniques and the application of analytical approaches to detect and quantify drugs and matabolites in biological fluids and tissues. You'll review the use of abuse of substances used as both medicines and poisons.

Biometrics & Databases (20 cp)

Gain an overview of identification, authentication and verification techniques, with an introduction to the theory of database systems and the lagal and moral implications of database use.

Bioarchaeology (20 cp)

You will look at the recovery of bodies in missing persons and unexplained death scenarios, including search, recording, recovery and the evidential significance of plants, pollen and soils.

Advanced Topics in Forensic Science (20 cp)

Focus will be on the current topics in the forensic industry, which include regulatory subject areas.

Research Methods and Independent Study (20 cp)

This module provides an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study. You will be introduced to the techniques required to formulate a research project and to carry out a literature review. You will be given practice in the use of the library and learning resources, including relevant IT packages.

Research Project (60 cp)

You will work on laboratory-based research and will evaluate and review the scientific literature relevant to the topic. You will design and conduct experimental work, and present the findings in the form of a presentation, poster, and a written thesis.

Examples of project titles:
  • Investigating Anaphylaxis and the Contribution of Cross-Reactivity of Allergens in Sudden Death
  • Factors Affecting the Rate of Digestive Transit, and Techniques to Help Characterise Liquid Content of Stomach for Investigation of Sudden Death in Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Techniques to Refine and Standardise Scent Dog Training for Police Officers
  • Factors Contributing to the Rise of Acid Attacks

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

How you’re taught

This programme is will be delivered by a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials, together with laboratory classes and laboratory based research project.

If you are a full-time student, you will have the opportunity to carry out a research project in a forensic research group at Nottingham Trent University or with one of our industrial, academic or government sector partners.

You will be assessed on a variety of components including:

  • written exam
  • oral presentation
  • assignment
  • poster presentation
  • research project

Contact hours

Lectures / seminars / workshops (20%) and independent study (80%)

Staff Profiles

Jennifer Miller

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Dr Miller is a senior lecturer in forensic science and an active forensic practitioner in the fields of problematic body recovery and stomach contents analysis to assist in interpretation of…

L. Nitin Seetohul

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

L. Nitin Seetohul

How you’re assessed

Coursework (75%), written (8%) and practical (17%)

Careers and employability

At Nottingham Trent University we know that your employability and job prospects are crucial factors in your choice of university. You need to know that your postgraduate degree will be worth the time and money you spend on it.

Our strength lies in the relevance of our degrees to the real world. In all subject areas, we encourage you to recognise your transferable skills and its application to a multitude of careers. By taking an MSc in Forensic Science you will benefit from the progressive development of a variety of skills, such as advanced laboratory techniques and the critical analysis and synthesis of a breadth and depth of relevant forensic-specific research.

This Masters will enable you to enter more senior roles within police services, government bodies and private companies in roles such as:

  • senior forensic scientist
  • DNA analysts
  • crime and data analysts
  • laboratory directors
  • analytical chemists
  • casework examiners

This course provides a good basis for you to progress onto a PhD.

Although this Forensic Science postgraduate degree does not offer a formal placement, it is vocationally focused and benefits from strong links with industry.

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NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

You will have access to a range of first-class facilities and equipment at the School of Science and Technology. Our laboratories are modern and well-equipped.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent subject including Chemistry, Forensics, Pharmacology and Pharmacy.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

    NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

You will need one of the following:

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent subject including Chemistry, Forensics, Pharmacology and Pharmacy.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

For guidance, course fees for September 2022 entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,800£15,850
Part-time£4,400£7,925*

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

For guidance, course fees for September 2022 entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,800£15,850
Part-time£4,400£7,925*

*For part-time study please check your student visa regulations.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? We are now accepting applications for this course. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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