MSc

Forensic Science

Forensic clearing student
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: One year full-time

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.

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

Contact details: Email us
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

We are now accepting applications for this course.

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:

  • Modules

    • 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
  • Learn a new language

    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.

    Learning a new language can:

    • Enhance your communication skills
    • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Gain hands-on experience

    As well as working and studying under the direction of world-leading forensics and pharmaceutical staff, you will gain hands-on experience on a variety of modern instrumentation in our::

    • Crime Scene Training Facility
    • Document Examination Laboratory
    • Ballistics Laboratory
    • Evidence Examination Laboratory
    • Imaging Suite
  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

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.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on a variety of components including:

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

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.

95% of our postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2014/15).

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.

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.

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.
  • We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

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 email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Ready to join us? We are now accepting applications for this course. Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2019 entry are: TBC

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900

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 25% 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.

Course fees for September 2019 entry are: TBC

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeEUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900

For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

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