Forensic and Analytical Investigation - Integrated Master's 

(2018 Entry)

MSci

Along with an education in the core areas of forensics science and investigation, you will gain an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of analytical techniques, not only to analysis forensic evidence, but within industry in general.

Integrated master's
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4 years/ 5 years with international year

UCAS code: F412

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Course Overview

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, real-life crime scene facilities and industry standard equipment means that you will be well placed to enter the workplace at the end of your studies. If you are keen to travel and experience a new culture, we offer the chance to study Forensic Science for a semester or year abroad at one of our partner universities. We also include a visit to the world renowned ‘body farm’at the University of Tennessee as part of the degree programme which is not available at other UK universities. This visit will allow you to gain anthropological experience on human material which is not possible in the UK. 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.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

What will this mean for my future?

You will gain key scientific, communication, team working and problem solving skills, much sought after by employers. You will gain a significant amount of experience in research as part of this programme that will set you out from the field when applying for jobs or seeking to study for a higher degree. In addition to studying in our modern teaching laboratories you will also gain experience working in our research laboratories alongside experienced researchers. You will graduate from this programme with a highly desirable skill set that will be attractive to employers in many fields.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Understanding Crime
  • Cybercrime
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification

Second year

  • Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Forensic Document Analysis
  • Forensic Anthropology and Entomology
  • Criminalistic Methods
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Digital Forensics

Third year

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

Fourth year

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

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

90

0

30

0

30

2

120

0

0

0

0

3

120

0

0

0

0

4

120

0

0

0

0

 

The MSci Forensic and Analytical Investigation is a four-year integrated master’s programme. In addition to entry at year 1, it is possible to join this programme at years 2 or 3 as long as you are currently studying for a BSc Forensic Science or a combined honours programme that includes a specialism in forensic science in the final year. If you join this programme in year 1 you will study all the compulsory modules listed below. If you join from one of the routes listed above you may not study those modules marked with an asterisk depending on the year you transfer. 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Science principles

15

Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives

15

Forensic Science principles

15

Punishment: Beyond the popular imagination

15

Understanding Crime

15

   

Cybercrime

15

   

Forensic Analysis

15

   

Forensic Identification

15

   

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis

15

Forensic Genetics

15

Forensic Document Analysis*

15

Criminalistic Methods

15

Drugs of Abuse

15

Digital Forensics*

15

Forensic Anthropology *

15

Forensic Taphonomy*

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Forensic Toxicology

15

Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and

Arson

15

Forensic Geoscience

15

Advanced Topics in Forensic Science

15

Forensic Science Team Project

15

Interpretation, Evaluation and

Presentation of Evidence

30

Forensic Science Dissertation

15

Modules - Year Four

Year 4 (Level 7)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Research Skills for Analytical Science

15

Analytical Science: Principles and
Practice

30

Forensic Evidence: At the Crime Scene
and in the Court

15

MSci Independent Project

60

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az