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Forensic Science

MSc

Blended learning

Brings flexibility to your studies

Crime scene house

Fully equipped modern laboratories

Summer schools

Develop valuable hands-on practical experience

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, blended learning
Choose another study option
Duration:
13 Months
Start date:
16 September 2019
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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

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. 

Part-time study

It is possible to study the course part-time over three years. This option can be taken if you're in full-time employment or wish to study at a less intensive pace. It requires a 15 hour per week commitment.  

Blended learning

This course is offered as blended learning, full-time over 15 months or part-time over 3 years. 

Course content

You’ll take eight compulsory modules, including an independent research project. The postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma form the first two stages of the award.

At certificate level, the focus is on the crime scene and the collection, packaging and analysis of evidence, such as finger marks, footwear marks, documents, hairs, fibres and glass.

At diploma stage, you’ll study the chemical and biological analysis of evidence in forensic laboratories.

For the MSc stage, you’ll carry out an independent research project in an area of interest or one chosen from a list of specialist topics aligned to industry needs.

You’ll take eight compulsory modules, including an independent research project. The postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma form the first two stages of the award.

At certificate level, the focus is on the crime scene and the collection, packaging and analysis of evidence, such as finger marks, footwear marks, documents, hairs, fibres and glass.

At diploma stage, you’ll study the chemical and biological analysis of evidence in forensic laboratories.

For the MSc stage, you’ll carry out an independent research project in an area of interest or one chosen from a list of specialist topics aligned to industry needs.

Professional body accreditation

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Dna Profiling And The Analysis Of Biological Evidence 15 credits
Drugs And Toxicology 15 credits
Firearms, Fires And Explosions 15 credits
Independent Research Project 60 credits
Methods Of Chemical Analysis 15 credits
Methods Of Crime Detection 30 credits
Practical Support 1 15 credits
Practical Support 2 15 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

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.

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.

Facilities

Careers

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. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So, we use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.   

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops and practical sessions
  • Be expected to study independently
  • Attend summer schools 

Our teaching is delivered and supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your learning wherever you are.   

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your independent research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So, we use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.   

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops and practical sessions
  • Be expected to study independently
  • Attend summer schools 

Our teaching is delivered and supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your learning wherever you are.   

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your independent research project. 

Assessment

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.

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.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Staff

You will be taught be dedicated and research active lecturers, whose expertise and knowledge closely match the content of the course. 

Dr Kirsty Squires
Dr Kirsty SquiresPG Course Leader in Forensics

I am the course leader for MSc Forensic Science. 

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Dr Andy Platt
Dr Andy PlattAssociate Professor in Inorganic and Forensic Chemistry

I studied for my BSc and PhD at Durham university and worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at Exeter, Leicester and Warwick Universities. I am an Associate Professor in Inorganic and Forensic Chemistry and have worked at Staffordshire University since 1986. 

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£7,620 per course
International (Non-EU)
£7,620 per course

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,535 per year of study

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Our students

Gary Pickup
Policing and Criminal Investigation and MSc Forensic Science graduate 

Throughout the BSc Policing and Criminal Investigation course I was offered extensive support in my preparation for employment covering curriculum vitae skills, potential career opportunities and current vacancies. The Personal Development Portfolio modules covered these in detail and allowed me to develop my personal skills such as communication and leadership through opportunities as a student mentor and course / faculty representative. On completion of my BSc course, I was offered a position on the MSc Forensic Science course which provided me with a broad range of detailed knowledge and research skills that I could take with me into my employment with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. 

Kaylene Folkes
DNA Forensic Scientist, Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory

I found that having an MSc degree from Staffordshire University gave me a massive advantage when it came to applying for jobs, and the distance learning part was great for me as I live in America

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MSc
Full-time, blended learning
16 September 2019

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