Top 10 Forensic Science Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

Forensic Science is a very exciting area of study. Here is a summary of 10 great courses to study it at postgraduate level in Europe and the UK.

Forensic Science MSc – University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Duration: 12 months full time

Cost: £5,000 (Scotland or EU residents) £6,000 (UK Residents) or £18,000 (for non EU residents)

What You Will Learn:

Entering its 50th birthday this year, the course covers statistical evaluation, evidence interpretation, crime scene investigation as well as legal procedures and the law. Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, studying Forensic Science at Strathclyde will give you access to the wider community within the field.

Forensic Science MSc – University of Amsterdam

Duration: 24 months full time

Cost: €1,900 (EU Residents) €12,000 (Non EU Residents)

What You Will Learn:

Unique to the Netherlands, this diverse course builds upon a wide range of different scientific backgrounds with the focus of training good scientists with the forensic knowledge to apply principles in a professional setting. Students finish the program by conducting a forensic study, which can take place within the university, or externally at an institute or police department.

Forensic Anthropology MSc – University of Dundee

Duration: 12 months full time

Cost: £15,950 (EU) £17,950 (for non EU residents)

What You Will Learn:

This one year degree at the University of Dundee teaches students the important skills needed to identify and analyse human skeletal remains. With dedicated lab areas and access to the exclusive Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID), this program offers a great mix of theoretical and hands on experience.

Analytical Science for Industry MSc – Keele University

Duration: 12 months full time

Cost: £5,980 (EU/Home students) or £13,750 (for non EU residents)

What You Will Learn:

Keele University's approach to forensic science is all about employability. By ensuring that students complete a practical 30-week project either in the lab or within industry, Keele provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to enter a job in Forensic Science.

Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation MSc – University of Bradford

Duration: 12 months full time

Cost: £7,750 (UK & EU Residents) £17,600 (for non EU residents)

What You Will Learn:

During this postgrad science course at the University of Bradford, you will learn the specialist archaeological principles and techniques needed to examine and test crime scene evidence material. Taught by staff experienced on crime scenes, students will learn how the principles of the role fit into a wider criminal investigation.

Criminology and Criminal Justice System MSc – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Duration: 12 months full time

Cost: €3,374 (EU Residents) €4,620 (Non EU Residents)

What You Will Learn:

This is a practical training program taught using past and current cases, students will learn the latest principles in applied criminology from real life cases. Seeing the principles and how they were applied in the past helps students gain a deeper understanding and sets them off on the right foot. As one of the Social Sciences, this course also focuses on the social aspects of forensic investigation.

Forensic Science MSc – Uppsala University, Sweden

Duration: 24 months full time

Cost: Free Tuition (EU & EEA Residents) €30,000 (Non EU Residents)

What You Will Learn:

The Master Program in Forensic Science at Uppsala University will teach you about chemical, genetic and toxicological analysis in order to examine evidence. A bachelors degree must already be held in a field of study such as immunology, biotechnology, biology, biomedicine, chemistry, or a similar scientific subject.

Forensic Science MSc – Anglia Ruskin University

Duration: 12 months full time

Cost: £8,100 (UK & EU Residents) £12,400 (Non EU Residents)

What You Will Learn:

With modules such as Evidence Collection and Management, Mastering Forensic Evidence as well as an in-depth final research project, this course at Anglia Ruskin will expand your knowledge in all areas of forensic science.

Forensic Science MSc – King’s College, London

Duration: 12 months full time

Cost: MSc: £10,950 (UK & EU Residents) £22,800 (Non EU Residents)

MRes: £14,800 (UK & EU Residents) £30,400 (Non EU Residents)

What You Will Learn:

An accredited course by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, students can be confident that a degree in Forensic Science from King’s College is a mark of prestige that will hold them in good stead for the future. With links to the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Directorate as well as other organisations in Europe, this is one of the most well connected courses available.

Forensic Science MSc or MRes – University of Kent

Duration: 12 months full time

Cost: £6,500 (UK & EU Residents) £16,720 (Non EU Residents)

What You Will Learn:

From fires and explosions to DNA interpretation and substances of abuse, this masters course at the University of Kent will bring you the most recent developments in the field of Forensic Science. Taught at the Canterbury branch, this course is part of University of Kent's School of Physical Sciences.

There are other great postgraduate oprions for students wishing to study Forensic Science, our course search has the lowdown on the best of the rest.

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6 comments

Monica Contreras Dec. 20, 2016, 7:47 a.m.

I'm funding to continue my masters education on a STEM related field. Any help is truly appreciated!

-Monica Contreras

Charlotte King Jan. 5, 2017, 1:45 p.m.

Why don't you apply for one of our x15 Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 to help pay for your tuition fees:
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Good luck!
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Jason March 2, 2017, 4:39 p.m.

I can't decide between Kings College London and the University of Strathclyde. I've received offers from both to do an MSc in forensic science. Which one is better? Please help. Any suggestion is welcomed.

Charlotte King March 8, 2017, 11:13 a.m.

Hi Jason,

Congratulations - they are two fantastic universities to be offered places at - and both of their Forensic Science courses are excellent. I think you really need to work out whether you'd rather be based in London or in Glasgow - as this will probably be the biggest difference between the two. Do you have a strong support network in either of these two cities? As this could be useful whilst doing your masters studies. Another important consideration is costs - as the King's course is likely to cost you more money - and London living is more expensive than living in Scotland.
Our article on How To Choose can offer you some more advice: https://www.postgrad.com/advice/application_process/how_to_choose/
Good luck - please let me know what course you choose in the end.

Kind Regards,

Charlotte

Devendra April 18, 2017, 9:07 p.m.

Hi Charlotte

Thank you for all the information.

I reside in South Africa, and looking to do an online program in Forensic Science, preferably an MSC . I have already done a masters with the University of Liverpool and that cost me an arm and a leg I tell you !!!!! and because I am in the field of forensics I wish to pursue something that relates to this field. I am looking for something that is affordable and at a reputable university which also offers funding or bursaries. Any help or direction will be appreciated.

Thank you and Kind Regards

Devendra

Charlotte King April 19, 2017, 8:25 a.m.

Hi Devendra,

For your online options you can use our comprehensive course search facility to find out exactly what's on offer in your field of interest - simply make sure you check the 'online' section in the Attendance box:
https://www.postgrad.com/search/
As to funding - once you have selected a few courses that interest you I suggest you contact the relevant universities directly and see what funding opportunities they have on offer.
You can also of course apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 as soon as you have confirmed your place on a postgraduate course:
https://www.postgrad.com/fees_and_funding/postgrad_solutions_study_bursaries/information/
Good luck!
Charlotte

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