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Posted Dec. 19, 2016

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

Forensic ScienceForensic Science – the application of science to criminal and civil law issues – is a very exciting area of study.

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Here is a summary of 10 great Forensic Science courses to study 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:

The course at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow 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.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.

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Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries


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:
Good luck!

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:
Good luck - please let me know what course you choose in the end.

Kind Regards,


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


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:
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:
Good luck!

tomi Oct. 25, 2017, 9 p.m.

I am in need of a good university that has Msc forensic science for january 2018 start

Charlotte King Oct. 30, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Hi Tomi,

Here are all the Forensic Science courses available to study in the UK and Europe:

January start dates are becoming increasingly popular and if you check the individual institutions you will be able to see which ones offer January start dates.

Good luck,


Zaidah Dec. 27, 2017, 4:49 p.m.


i am looking for a university with masters in Question Documents or a masters in Forensic Science but without biology or chemistry.
please suggest

Charlotte King Jan. 3, 2018, 2:55 a.m.

Hi Zaidah,
I'm not sure what a Masters in Question Documents is - can you elaborate?
As for Forensic Science - check the individual courses recommended in this blog for their level of biology/chemistry content. - Also here is our course search result to all the Forensic Science masters courses available:

janya May 3, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

Hai... I am janya pursuing my B.Sc in forensic science in India. I will complete my under graduation in 2019. I am planning to do my masters in university of Amsterdam, Netherlands and university of Pennsylvania. Can you please suggest the best university for my masters in forensic science or any 1 among the above two , and also about funding and scholarships. Any suggestion please...?

Charlotte King May 9, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Hi Janya,

Our comprehensive database has a listing of all of the Forensic Science courses:

So you can use this to check that your chosen universities are included. They are both good universities so it will have to be a personal preference.

Once you have been accepted on a postgrad program you will be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500.

Good luck - let us know which course you opt for in the end.

NITIN ARORA July 12, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Looking at courses for masters in forensic sciences.I have shortlisted strathclyde and king's college London for the same.
I wanted to know the placement stats of these universities; Is the work visa easily granted after the completion of graduation, especially for Indians?.Which one would be a better option to study?

Charlotte King July 13, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

Hi Nitin,
Both of these courses are excellent - and should help you to find suitable employment once successfully completed. Both UK universities are extremely well regarded - and should an appropriate position be found post graduation I think a getting a work visa should be the same whichever one you opt for.
Good luck with your studies - and don't forget to apply for one of out Postgrad Solutions Study Visas once you are accepted on a masters program:

Chaitanya Vats July 21, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

Currently m doing my masters in Forensic Science with specialization in Forensic Biotechnology, I want to enroll for a PhD course in same field/Forensic biology but everywhere application are invited for either bachelor or Masters course. Would u please suggest name of such universities in which I can apply??

Charlotte King July 22, 2018, 4:04 p.m.

Hello Chaitanya,
If you use our Course Search facility it gives a list of the universities offering Forensic Science courses on a research basis - use this link and take a look:
Good luck,

Sam Aug. 14, 2018, 11:53 a.m.

Hi, m currently working in a forensic dna lab and am looking for masters in forensic science (with emphasis in biology) and exposure in the labs. Which Programme would you recommend?

Charlotte King Aug. 30, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Hi Sam,

If you paste this URL into your browser you can see all the Forensic Science masters courses available to study in the UK and Europe. If you check with the different institutions you'll be able to find out which ones major in Biology,

Anil kumar Oct. 31, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

hi king,
I have read all your comments above and everything is very useful, but no where u mentioned about Cransfield university. I want to pursue M SC in Forensic Investigation from that university or the similar course from any university. please help me to get out of this..
Thank you

Charlotte King Nov. 2, 2018, 10:10 a.m.

Hi Anil - Cranfield University has a well regarded Forensic Institute offering some great Forensic Science programs. Check out what's on offer here >
Good luck finding the perfect program - Charlotte

minnu merson Jan. 2, 2019, 7:21 a.m.

Hi Charlotte,
I am M.Sc final semester student in Molecular biology and Genetic engineering.I will complete my graduation within March. Now, I am doing project work. i am very much interested in forensic science. Actually,i am seeking of training/workshops regarding forensic science. Can you please give me an advice on from where to start? I am an Indian. is there any research centres giving chance for workshops/training other than india?actually i am focusing on DNA fingerprinting analysis.can you help me to build a career in this field. kindly please help me with this to move forward in future. i am expecting your replies. kindly please update me.

Charlotte King Jan. 4, 2019, 9:17 a.m.

Hi Minnu - The best place for you to start is to ask your university supervisor for any advice or contacts within the forensics field - he or she will be able to point you in the right direction. Good luck - Charlotte

Ghassan Aug. 16, 2019, 7 p.m.

Hello Charlotte,

I have master degree in biotechnology engineering and I intend to do PhD in forensic genetics. Could you please suggest a good university in Europe offer a PhD in forensic genetics (UK, Norway , Spain)

Thank you in advance

Charlotte King Aug. 21, 2019, 5:31 p.m.

Hi Ghassan,
There are currently only 2 universities offering specific Forensic Genetics courses:
However there are many more offering Generics Research programs and you should be able to specialise in Forensic Genetics with these:
Good luck,

Christos Feb. 25, 2020, 10:47 p.m.

I am between Strathclyde's and king's master of forensic science , I would really appreciate an opinion from someone who knows !

Dr Minal Chadha March 11, 2021, 3:18 p.m.

I have Dentistry background from India. Planning to do Masters in Healthcare from UK. Kindly tell which degree amongst following has good job prospects in terms of getting employability and good average salary package in UK/Europe: Forensic Medical science/ Forensic Toxicology / MSc In Public health??

Charlotte King March 22, 2021, 8:11 a.m.

Hello Dr Chadha – I think all of those PG options will provide great future career prospects. Use our course search tool to explore your options further >
If you're still unsure what to study it might be worth considering that in light of the the current health crisis resulting from the Coronavirus Pandemic, Public Health could be a good option with plenty of job opportunities if this is an area that interests you.
Good luck!

Shanwil shaun dsouza July 2, 2021, 6:04 a.m.

I am currently pursuing my bsc in forensic science and I want pursue my masters in forensic toxicology or other specifications in forensic in germany or Canada can I know I University's which provide MS in the same

Charlotte King July 13, 2021, 9:27 a.m.

Hi Shanwil – I'm afraid I don't know of any courses in this field in Canada or Germany. I suggest you as your current supervisor if they can offer advise you. I hope they can help.

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