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 multi-disciplinary MSc programme offers students a unique opportunity to gain forensic science skills and methods within a holistic crime science framework.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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?

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.


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
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Investigating Fraud
  • Forensic Geoscience

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:


Funding

UCL Security and Crime Science is offering up to ten bursary scholarships of between £2,500 and £10,000 and you must apply by 30 April 2014 to be considered for one of these.

For further information, please visit our website.

Scholarships available for this department

Department of Security and Crime Science Scholarships

To assist outstanding students.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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).

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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.

The first cohort of students on the Crime and Forensic Science MSc are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

Employability

Graduates from this programme gain a solid understanding of the key principles of crime and forensic science, along with the ability to analyse problems and use appropriate scientific and professional skills to solve them. They can evaluate forensic evidence and their training from the Metropolitan Police gives them the edge over other applicants for crime scene investigation roles, if this is what they decide to do. They have the opportunity to learn specialist techniques in areas such as forensic archaeology and fraud investigation, and are given a thorough grounding in academic research methods.

Each year we ask our graduates to tell us about their experience of the programme and their career after leaving UCL and we include some real-life graduate profiles on our website.


Next steps

Contact

Dr Aysha Chaudhary

T: +44 (0)20 3108 3062

W: Security & Crime Science

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Student View

"I think the overall strength of forensic science at UCL is the many connections that exist (and are needed) with other academic departments and companies such as the Metropolitan Police."

Nadine Smit

Degree: Crime and Forensic Science MSc

Staff View

"UCL is a real multi-faculty university, which makes it an amazingly interesting and stimulating place to be. My work has greatly benefited from meeting and working with top researchers in other disciplines such as neuroscience, crime science, computer science and psychology."

Professor Cheryl Thomas

Professor of Judicial Studies

Subject: Law, Faculty: Laws