University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Forensic Science

The course is designed for both graduate students and forensic practitioners. It will develop theoretical knowledge and practical application of the key aspects of forensic science. Students on this course will initially cover the fundamentals of forensic biology and forensic chemistry that underpin much of the laboratory analysis associated with forensic investigations. Following on from this, the recovery and processing of a variety of evidence types found at crime scenes will be studied in detail as will the evaluation and presentation of that evidence in a legal context. Students will have access to extensive modern facilities with state-of-art facilities, including our crime scene houses, forensic, chemistry and biology laboratories. After completing 6 taught modules students will undertake a 3 module research project which will develop research skills - a diverse range of projects are available, both within the University and through external placements.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, at 2.2 level or higher, or equivalent. Formal qualifications may not be required if you can demonstrate appropriate professional experience. International applicants for the programme will be required to have a minimum level of proficiency in English Language equivalent to IELTS band 6.5.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Research methods; the expert witness in the legal process; research project; forensic biology; separation science and mass spectrometry; crime scene science. Optional modules: Laboratory management and quality assurance; document investigation; evaluation of genetic data; molecular spectroscopy; practical fire investigation; analytical forensic toxicology.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed through preparation of case notes, essays, reports, practical reports, group and individual presentations and written and practical exams.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

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