Fire Investigation (Top-Up) MSc

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Location Distance Learning
Duration 2 Years
Course start September
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  • Access to state of the art specialist laboratories
  • Teaching staff have wide range of relevant skills and experience

Course outline

MSc Top-up This programme allows forensic practitioners who are holders of the Forensic Science Society Diploma to study for an MSc.

From 2010 the Forensic Science Society Diploma was credit rated at 120 credits at postgraduate level. This has allowed the university to offer a "top-up" of the diploma to masters level on the successful completion of a project in either Crime Scene Investigation, Fire Investigation, Firearm Examination and Questioned Documents.

The MSc top up course requires the student to carry out a major independent research project. The project can be undertaken in the student's own laboratories or at the university. The exact subject of the project is agreed by negotiation with the member of staff who will act as the academic supervisor for the project.

Support for the course is provided by Blackboard which gives details of risk assessments and ethical considerations which have to be in place before the commencement of the project.


Entry requirements

The Forensic Science Society Diploma in the appropriate subject awarded from 2010 onwards.  Admission may be possible for those who received their diploma before 2010 by accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).  Contact Dr Platt  to discuss APEL.


This award is accredited by the Forensic Science Society.


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