MSci in Forensic and Analytical Investigation

MSci Forensic and Analytical Investigation (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 4 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Forensic Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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Course Overview

The integrated combination of forensic science and analytical investigation designed to enable you to graduate, at master’s level, as a laboratory scientist with a broad range of potential career paths.

This four year undergraduate master’s programme provides you with a broad education in the core areas of forensic science and investigation together with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of those analytical techniques of particular importance, not only to the analysis of forensic evidence, but also to industry in general. Your studies will focus on key topics in forensic chemistry, analytical science, forensic biology and criminalistic science. This is complemented by study of the overarching forensic process, from the crime scene to the court which includes additional emphasis on professional practice and an understanding of the roles of the crime scene investigator and the forensic scientist as an expert witness in the court. Throughout your studies you will gain a wide variety of skills that will enable you to work independently. In addition to the laboratory skills you will develop as part of the programme, you will also gain many transferable skills that are valued by employers including team working, communication and problem-solving skills. Our hands-on teaching approach, coupled with modern laboratories and industry standard equipment means that you will be well placed to enter the workplace at the end of your studies.

If you are itching to travel and experience a new culture, we offer the chance to study Forensic Science for a semester abroad at one of our partner universities. As a research-led institution we have a strong research culture with many contacts with external organisations that are used to enhance our student experience. Previously students have undertaken educational trips to the world renowned ‘body farm’ at the University of Tennessee.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Undergraduate Masters Course Information Document (PDF)

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Forensic and Analytical Investigation. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Chemical Science Principles 
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Criminalistic Methods
  • Drugs of Abuse

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Forensic Toxicology 
  • Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson
  • Forensic Geoscience 
  • Advanced Topics in Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Science Team Research Project
  • Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence
  • Forensic Science Dissertation

Fourth year

Core modules: 

  • Research Skills for Analytical Science
  • Forensic Evidence: At the Crime Scene and in the Court 
  • Analytical Science: Principles and Practice
  • MSci Independent Project 

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

The Forensic and Analytical Investigation MSci programme at Keele is designed to equip you with the key scientific, communication, team working and problem solving skills, developed to master’s level, that are sought after by employers. Our dedicated and supportive approach to teaching, coupled with excellent modern laboratories and industry standard equipment, mean that you will graduate with both a sound theoretical understanding and relevant practical experience across a range of analytical and forensic techniques. Our teaching strategy is designed to enable you to become an independent scientist who will have a great deal to offer prospective employers.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

MSci Forensic and Analytical Investigation : F412 View Unistats for this course

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Study abroad

On the MSci Forensic and Analytical Investigation programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.