University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Forensic Science and Criminal Justice

Students learn how to select the most appropriate techniques for different evidence types, how to interpret the results and how to apply critical analysis to determine what that means in terms of evidential value; there is strong emphasis on developing independent thinking and new technology; the programme draws heavily on the University's reputation for innovation in forensic science in areas such as DNA profiling, fingerprint enhancement and forensic engineering, and world renowned academics at the University contribute to the programme; the programme benefits further from the University being an integral part of the Global Forensics Network; this network enables students enrolled at Leicester to select some of the taught element of the programme from modules offered by the forensic science Master's programmes at the University of Florida and the University of Canberra; this gives students access to learning material offered by highly respected forensic scientists selected on a global basis.

Entry requirements

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and we welcome them from students from a range of backgrounds and educational experiences. If students do not hold an academic qualification, we may be able to consider them on the basis of extensive and relevant work experience. Suitable candidates for the MSc Forensic Science and Criminal Justice normally have: A good UK honours degree or its overseas equivalent (2.1 and above), or extensive and relevant work experience in the field of Forensics; if the applicant's 1st language is not English, they need to satisfy the University�s English language requirements.

Course modules

Year 1: Core modules: Crime Scene Examination; trace evidence; evaluation and interpretation of forensic evidence; research methods. Year 2: A range of electives worth a minimum of 60 credits.

Assessment methods

The programme is based on continuous assessment, with each of the modules comprising of written assessments and discussion board contributions. The written assessments in year 1 normally comprise of an initial 1,000 word assignment followed by a final 3,000 work assignment. Each module lasts around 16 weeks. Students have approximately 6 months to complete their dissertation of between 15,000-20,000 words. Upon passing the dissertation, students are awarded the MSc degree.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning £ 10,070 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MSc Distance learning £ 10,070 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Distance learning £ 10,070 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

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Distance Learning

Key information

Distance Learning Advisers
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