Ms Kirstie Hampson
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Fees and funding
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
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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: