UWE Bristol - MSc Forensic Science

UWE Bristol

MSc Forensic Science

Use scientific problem-solving to benefit society. Designed with input from experienced professionals, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific methods used in criminal investigations, and the skills to develop a career in the justice system and beyond.

Why study MSc Forensic Science?

This conversion course means you do not have to currently hold an undergraduate degree in Forensic Science to apply for this.

It provides you with the required knowledge and skills to enter into a career in forensic science.

During this one year masters course, you'll receive high level training in analytical science, incorporating elements of biology, chemistry and law. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of not only the scientific issues that affect the outcome of criminal trials, but also societal factors such as unconscious bias and juror expectation.

Forensic science is the application of a broad range of scientific analyses for the assistance of courts of law. If you have an analytical mind-set and enjoy problem-solving, this master's course will enable you to deepen your knowledge gained from a scientific or analytical background, to specialise in a field where you'll add real value to society.

You'll also undertake a substantial research project based on your interests and career goals.

Why UWE Bristol?

Designed with input from industry professionals and with a strong practical focus that mirrors real life, you'll learn the full range of skills needed to launch a career in this interesting field.

Your learning will follow the journey of evidence from a crime scene, through to analysis in the laboratory, and finishing with the evaluation and presentation of the evidence in the criminal courts.

You'll make full use of our range of simulation facilities, including a 'crime scene house', as well as laboratories,and mock courtrooms.

You'll benefit from specialist guest lectures and research seminars, and be able to take advantage of our broad range of extracurricular activities, such as forensic book club, forensic film club, CV and online portfolio development, and employability workshops and fairs.

Where can it take me?

Your scientific and legal knowledge, combined with the highly analytical nature of this course, means you'll develop skills that will appeal to a wide range of employers.

Careers can include forensic biologist, DNA analyst, forensic chemist (trace evidence), forensic toxicologist, crime scene investigator, geneticist, teacher or project management.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree awarded by a UK institute of higher education (at least 2:2), in a relevant applied or social science subject.
  • Relevant subjects include but are not exclusive to Biological Science, Chemical Science, Biomedical Science, Environmental Science,Geology, Physical Geography, Engineering, Mathematics, Psychology, Criminology, Sociology etc.
  • We will also look at other subjects which include a component of quantitative research.

This course is a conversion course. As a result, we do not accept applicants who have a BSc (Hons) or MSci in Forensic Science.

Career Prospects

The scientific and legal knowledge you'll gain, along with the highly analytical nature of this course, means you'll graduate with skills that are in demand by a wide range of employers.

Forensic science graduates go into varied types of laboratory work, and a significant number become science teachers. Careers within forensic science could include forensic biologist, DNA analyst, forensic chemist (trace evidence), forensic toxicologist, crime scene investigator, and many more. UWE Bristol forensic science graduates have gone on to roles with some of the country's largest forensic science providers, including Eurofins Forensics, Cellmark Forensic Services, and Key Forensic Services, as well as in a range of roles with the police.

The scientific problem-solving, numerical and analytical focus, as well as the communication and collaboration skills you will gain will also put you in a strong position for careers in other sectors. For example genetics, teaching, project management, financial services and law

Course Details

Crime Scene Investigation
Advanced Forensic Analysis
Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence
Forensic Research Project

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