Kingston University London - Forensic Science (Analysis/Toxicology) Masters (MSc)

Kingston University London

Forensic Science (Analysis/Toxicology) Masters (MSc)

Forensic Science (Analysis) examines the latest analytical, spectroscopic, and separation techniques used in case studies, such as Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LCMS/ MS) and Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS). You will learn to investigate and analyze drugs of abuse, fibers, and firearms, and conduct fire and explosive investigations. Forensic Science (Toxicology) offers in-depth training in pharmacology and analytical chemistry. You will study the biological effects and therapeutic uses of drugs, focusing on criminal and road traffic toxicology, and on drug testing, in sports Many of our staff have worked as forensic scientists or as expert witnesses and are actively engaged in researchKingston University has its own scene-of-crime house located on site. This is used to recreate crime scenes and enables you to put your investigative skills into practice. The property's garden is used by the forensic team's archaeologist for field investigations. Lecturers on the course have wide experience in the forensics sector. Many have worked either as forensic scientists or as expert witnesses. They are also actively engaged in forensic research and are supported by visiting speakers from leading forensic consultancies.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • These courses offer hands-on experience with state-of-the-art analytical and forensic equipment.
  • You will gain practical experience through recreated crime scenes at the University's own scene-of-crime house, and through presenting evidence at a mock trial at a crown court.
  • The opportunity to carry out a research project in the industry (depending on availability) or in our extensive laboratories. 

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:2 or above honours degree or equivalent in forensic science, chemistry or a relevant discipline

  • IELTS academic test in English with an 

    overall score of 6.5,


    no element below 6.0

Career Prospects

In the UK, forensic analysts are now mainly employed in independent laboratories. They perform a variety of roles including laboratory technical support, laboratory management, forensic investigations (sampling, chemical analysis and data interpretation) and are expected to present evidence through formal reports or directly in court. Whilst a qualification in Forensic Analysis can allow access to employment opportunities in forensic laboratories, the training required for a forensic analyst is valuable in a wide range of related employment sectors. The MSc Forensic Analysis helps to prepare you for roles such as:

  • scene of crimes officer
  • forensic scientist
  • pharmaceutical scientist
  • quality assurance officer
  • medicinal and scientific researcher

Course Details

  • The course is accredited by the Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences.
  • You will use state-of-the-art analytical and forensic equipment.
  • Facilities include a scene of crimes house for crime scene investigations.
  • You will have the chance to give expert witness testimony in a mock courtroom trial.
  • You will work on a specialist research project.
  • The course is taught by active researchers in Forensic Analysis.
  • There is the option to study for a 12-month professional placement.

Core modules

The Role of the Professional Forensic Scientist
Separation Science
Molecular and Atomic Spectroscopy
Optional modules
Professional Placement

Forensic Science (Analysis) pathway

Forensic Chemistry and Trace Analysis

Forensic Science (Toxicology) pathway

Current Concepts in Forensic Toxicology

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