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)
Designing and doing research
Foundations of security and crime science
Judicial decision making and expert evidence
Quantitative methods
Understanding and interpreting forensic evidence
Case assessment and interpretation
Forensic archaeology
Forensic geoscience
Forensic osteology
Frontiers in experimental physical chemistry
Fundamentals of molecular biology
Information security management
Judgment and decision making
Practices of crime scene investigation and expert testimony
Structural methods in modern chemistry

Crime and Forensic Science MSc

Key Information

Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£11,090 (FT) £N/A (PT)
£23,440 (FT) £N/A (PT)

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).

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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