University of Derby: MRes Forensic Science

InstitutionUniversity of Derby View institution profile
Department Natural Sciences
Telephone 01332 591167
Study type Research


This course will support you in proposing, developing, and conducting a research project, providing you with invaluable experience and insight into how research is conducted. Studying a masters degree in Forensic Science at Derby will:

- Develop into an independent forensic researcher by learning essential skills

- Conduct a research project in an area of your choice so you can further explore your individual interests

- Gain a stand-alone research qualification or bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and PhD

- Work alongside an experienced and enthusiastic academic team in the production of high quality forensic research

- Use our extensive laboratories, forensic training facility or field sites, to explore the dynamic world of Forensic Science

**Innovation in forensics**

The forensic science sector has always strived to develop innovative forensic technology, particularly within the fields of molecular techniques and DNA profiling. Recent developments within this sector have led the Chartered Society of Forensic Science to push for increased forensic science research and development. As a result, we have developed our MRes Forensic Science to enable you to undertake your own original research within your chosen area of forensic science.

**Active research staff**

Our staff are active researchers, regularly presenting at scientific conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Our expertise covers a diverse range of forensic science subjects and we can support research that is either field or laboratory-based.

Specialist areas in which you could develop your research project include:

Forensic handwriting and document analysis
Forensic anthropology
Photography and imaging
Forensic entomology
Forensic microbiology
Molecular analysis
Wildlife forensics
Drugs of abuse and chemical analysis
Blood pattern analysis
Fire investigation
Fingerprint analysis
Detection of chemical and biological agents
Single molecule explosive detection systems
Chemical stability testing

**Specialised facilities**

We have both field sites and specialised laboratory facilities available for your research projects. These include an imaging laboratory, a molecular laboratory, an insectary with adjoining entomology laboratory, a dedicated microbiology laboratory and an analytical suite housing GCMS, SEM, HPLC, and a UV Vis spectrophotometer. We can also support research that is field-based.


After completing this postgraduate course, you'll be in a great position to secure a variety of jobs within forensic science. You could gain work as a scientific writer, laboratory manager, serious crime advisor, lecturer or senior scientific advisor.

Our course will provide you with an excellent basis from which to study a PhD, or give you the skills required for a research position.

There are a variety of opportunities in the private sector where you can undertake consultancy work or you could work for a range of forensic science providers in a variety of roles.

Masters in Research (MRes)

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