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Ms Kirstie Hampson

Email: k.hampson@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3062

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

UCL Security and Crime Science and the UCL JDI Centre for the Forensic Sciences are offering up to ten bursary scholarships that will pay between 25% to 100% of the course fee.

For further information, please visit www.ucl.ac.uk/scs/pg-taught/msc-cfs

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Security and Crime Science

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Crime and Forensic Science MSc

Forensic science is a dynamic discipline that is crucial to the investigation of crime, the collection of evidence and intelligence, and in securing justice. This new multi-disciplinary MSc programme offers students a unique opportunity to gain forensic science skills and methods within a holistic crime science framework.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of crime and forensic science, together with the key conceptual and philosophical frameworks in this field. They will gain practical skills in crime scene investigation, experimental design and implementation, statistical analysis, data analysis and modelling, and will be able to evaluate the weight and applicability of forensic evidence for investigative and court purposes.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

As the only UK postgraduate programme to offer a module delivered in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Crime Academy (the academy that trains forensic practitioners for the UK's largest policing organisation), this MSc will train graduates to think strategically and critically about crime and forensic science, equipping them with transferable skills suitable for a wide range of careers.

The UCL Jill Dando Institute Centre for the Forensic Sciences brings together academics from across the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. Our graduate students come from varied backgrounds; many are practitioners and are encouraged to share their professional experience.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

An exit-only Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Quanitative Methods
  • Designing and Doing Research
  • Interpretation of Forensic Evidence
  • Foundations of Security and Crime Science
  • Judges, Courts and Judicial Decision Making

Options

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
  • Information Security Management
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Forensic Osteology
  • Structural Methods in Modern Chemistry
  • Frontiers in Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Applied Physical Chemistry
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Fraud, Ethics and Forensic Accounting
  • Environmental Evidence

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical exercises and statistical and computer classes. Assessment is through coursework, examination and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant disciplines will generally include science subjects, for example chemistry, biology, physics, engineering or computer science; psychology, archaeology or geography. Alternatively candidates may qualify for entry if they can offer five or more years of relevant professional experience (for example in the police service, or with a forensic science provider).

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students from a range of different disciplines, as mentioned above, who wish to develop the skills necessary for a career or further doctoral research in this field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • what particularly attracts you to this particular programme
  • why you want to study this subject in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL, rather than elsewhere
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • if you are aware and comfortable with the fact that the programme includes courses on statistics and quantitative analysis, as well as a general emphasis on the scientific method and empirical research
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Graduates of this programme will gain the skills necessary for a career in crime investigation, forensic science provision, consultancy, policy making, and with public sector employers such as the Home Office, Police and Ministry of Defence. They will also have gained the research tools necessary for a PhD or further doctoral research.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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