Forensic Science (MSc)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 Months

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How you will study
full-time

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About Forensic Science at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury


This programme is for graduates with a strong grounding in forensic science who wish to advance their knowledge of the field.

It prepares you for a professional role in forensic science within the criminal or civil judicial system, police or forensic practice, or research. You develop command, control and management skills that will enable you to present expert evidential incident reports to the highest standard at court.

You also develop your knowledge and understanding of advanced laboratory analytical methods applied to forensic investigation. This enables you to select the most appropriate analytical techniques for forensic investigation and to use a wide range of advanced analytic apparatus to evidential standards.

This programme helps you to develop an integrated and critical understanding of forensic science to prepare you to undertake a PhD in any associated discipline.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • advanced theory, concepts, and practice in relation to laboratory analysis and substances of abuse                                    
  • the command, management, logistics, and forensic implications of major and minor incidents such as air or rail accidents and crime scenes. Emergency and disaster planning, theory, practice, legislation, and implementation                     
  • advance laboratory analytic methods and apparatus as applied to general analysis and forensic investigation
  • the forensic application of DNA analysis, fire investigation, explosives and accelerants.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
  • the ability to recognise and solve forensic-related problems at an advanced level
  • the ability to select the most appropriate techniques for a given analysis and to use a wide range of advanced analytic apparatus to evidential standards
  • the ability to manage personnel and logistics in demanding and highly fluid environments.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • the ability to source funding for, plan, and implement research projects
  • the ability to identify, plan for and manage actual and potential threats in a range of environments
  • the ability to prepare and present an incident management report to evidential standards, and to present such reports at court under hostile cross-examination
  • the ability to perform advanced level analysis on a range of apparatus and to document such to evidential standards
  • familiarity and competence to an advanced level in key items of forensic analytic apparatus.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • personal and interpersonal skills, working as a member of a team and as a team leader.
  • effective research costing and planning
  • skills relevant to a career in forensic science (practice or judiciary) and forensic research
  • the ability to learn effectively for the purpose of continuing your professional development
  • the ability to generate, analyse, interpret and present in a range of environments
  • the ability to manage time and resources within an individual project and as a team manager.

This programme aims to:

  • develop your integrated and critically aware understanding of forensic science and to prepare you to undertake a PhD in any associated disciplines
  • prepare you for a professional role in forensic science within the criminal or civil judicial system, police, or forensic practice or research                                  
  • develop your command, control, and management skills in relation to major incidents, and to prepare and present expert evidential incident reports at court to the highest standard
  • develop a clear recognition of the constraints and opportunities of the environment in which professional forensic science is carried out
  • develop a variety of Masters’ level intellectual and transferable skills
  • equip you with the learning skills to keep abreast of developments in the continually evolving field of forensic science and forensic investigation
  • enable you to realise your academic potential.

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

Entry requirements

Contact University of Kent to find course entry requirements.

What students think about University of Kent

    Inspirational teaching - Patrique Tanque from Brazil is studying for a BSc in Forensic Chemistry.

    “Choosing Kent was an easy decision. The forensic programmes are ranked among the best in the UK and have a high graduate employment rate.

    “The teachers bring fresh ideas and up-to-date materials from real cases to enrich the lectures. They are keen to help out and always make sure we are getting plenty of support.

    “I was very fortunate to be awarded an International Scholarship, which meant I could dedicate myself to my studies.”

    Academic excellence - Stephanie Bourgeois from France is studying for a BSc in Biochemistry.

    “I like the approach to teaching here; academics are happy to answer questions and to interact with students. I find the lectures very motivational, they pique your curiosity and for me the exciting bit is going to the library and pursuing the things you are interested in.

    “The lecturers at Kent are excellent. You get to know them well and, as you move through the course, they are able to guide you towards projects, ideas or career paths that they think you will like.”

    Specialist research - Sally Gao from China is studying for a PhD in Electronic Engineering.

    “I have been very lucky with my supervisor, Professor Yong Yan, who is a world-class expert and the first IEEE Fellow in the UK in instrumentation and measurement.

    “Professor Yong Yan has helped me to become a better researcher. I am inspired by his novel ideas and constructive suggestions. Under his supervision, my confidence has grown through such milestones as my first set of experiments, writing my first research paper and attending my first conference.”

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