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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Forensic Science at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

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.

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

*This course is subject to validation.

What you'll study

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

  • Modules

    • Forensic Expert (20 cp)
    • Analytical Toxicology (20 cp)
    • Forensic Databases & Biometrics (20 cp)
    • Bioarchaeology (20 cp)
    • 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.

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.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £7,800
  • Part-time study: £3,900 per year

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

International Fees

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £13,900

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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