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MScForensic Science

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Programme structure

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you
Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you