University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

Forensic Science

This programme is a 1 year conversion course offering candidates the opportunity to qualify as scientific and court-going forensic scientists, as well as making them eligible for all industrial posts where problem-solving analyses are required.

Entry requirements

MSc: A 1st degree, equivalent to a 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university in a relevant science subject such as: chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy, zoology or botany; candidates with operational experience and or a degree from another country, are also welcome to apply; PgDip/PgCert: this is for those who are marginally under-qualified for entry to the MSc course but also have relevant experience.

Course modules

This course covers the areas of Criminalistics (statistics, splash patterns/particulate material distribution); forensic chemistry (fires, explosives, glass, paint, soil, etc); toxicology; drugs of abuse (cannabis, heroin, cocaine, etc); body fluid analysis (blood, saliva, semen, vaginal secretions, etc); hair and fibre (natural and manmade) analysis; and questioned documents.

Sponsorship information

Small number of EPSRC scholarships normally available; these are allocated to those most academically qualified, as defined by their degree.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 3,400 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 14,800 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
PgCert Full-time - 9 months
MSc Full-time £ 3,400 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 14,800 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Strathclyde Glasgow G1 1XQ Scotland

Key information

Telephone number: 
0141 548 3195