UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences



The MSc in Crime and Forensic Science is a unique programme in the UK, focusing as it does on forensic science within a holistic crime science framework. Many of our graduates have gone on to work for the police, the National Crime Agency and other organisations directly related to crime investigation and prevention. Others have gone on to do research in forensic science or pursue further studies in forensic science and the law. We run extra-curricular seminars during term-time and invite speakers from academia and industry to give their perspectives on current forensic science research and practice. We also collaborate with the City of London Police on our crime scene investigation module.

" I really enjoy the CFS seminars on Thursdays…because we discuss very relevant, important and interesting issues about the field and we learn so many interesting things regarding the discipline that we may otherwise not learn purely from the course material. (MSc Crime & Forensic Science 2014)
" The Crime Scene Investigation module was a lot of fun! (MSc Crime & Forensic Science 2013) 
" The course had a wide variety of modules to choose from - I particularly enjoyed creating and designing a research project for my dissertation. (MSc Crime & Forensic Science 2013)

Core modules

Designing and doing research
Foundations of security and crime science
Law and expert evidence
Quantitative methods
Understanding and interpreting forensic evidence

Optional modules

Pure sciences

Frontiers in experimental physical chemistry
Fundamentals of molecular biology
Structural methods in modern chemistry

Environmental sciences

Forensic archaeology
Forensic geoscience
Forensic osteology

Law and the interpretation of evidence