Our MSci Forensic Science with Criminology course allows you to explore your interests in the scientific and forensic investigation of crime, while exploring the nature, consequences and prevention of criminal behaviour, through one integrated package combining study at both Batchelors and Masters level. There are many personal benefits in achieving an MSci qualification potentially including fast-tracking your career, a wider range of career pathways, greater financial rewards and a wider range of employability skills to put on your CV including research, project management and instrument maintenance.
By taking this course, you will have the opportunity to gain a highly valued education from a provider of forensic science and criminology degree courses by learning from practitioners and researchers, and criminologists who are experts in their fields.
"Titulo de Bachillerato or the Selectividad with an average mark of 6.
Curso de Orientación Universitaria (COU) with an average mark of 6.
Técnico Especialista (Formación Profesional – segundo grado).
Ingeniero Técnico (from Escuela de Ingeniero Técnico).
Diplomado / Diplomatura.
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score for Undergraduate of 80 IBT
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 169 with at least 162 in each component ; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE II Distinction or ISE III Pass for undergraduate courses
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests, in some cases, we may also be able to accept the communicator level (B2)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 51 points in each element for the majority of undergraduate programmes
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
Our MSci Forensic Science with Criminology course will offer students to specialize in homicide investigation, physical evidence analysis, analytical toxicology and the management of crime scenes. Combined with a thorough understanding of the key processes used within the field of criminal investigation, plus the acquisition of highly sought after practical skills, you will be able to apply for a range of positions in the field of forensic and crime scene investigation.
This course covers all of the core aspects of forensic science, from crime scene to court, and with a focus upon analytical chemistry, evidence examination and interpretation and criminology and the criminal justice system in each of years 1 to 3.
Year 4 will focus upon analytical toxicology and crime scene management and evidence analysis. As well as having the opportunity to complete a PRINCE2 Foundation level qualification in project management, our MSci course should make you highly employable within these fields of science, or within the wider criminal justice sector.
Practical work, method development, quality assurance, instrument maintenance and research skills dominate the year 4 curriculum.
Study a year 4 module in Project Design, Management and Enterprise leading to a PRINCE2 Foundation Qualification, illustrating not only your project management capabilities but your entrepreneurial side.
Introduction to Forensic Science
Introduction to Criminalistics
Understanding Crime, Criminals and Victims
Understanding Criminal Justice
Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists
Penology: Prisons and Offender Management
Forensic Earth Science
Electron Microscopy and X-ray Analysis
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Fire and Explosion Investigation
Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence and Information (includes Case Studies, Courtroom skills and a literature review)
Crime Scene Management and Evidence Analysis
Project Design, Management and Enterprise
Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Casework
Laboratory Research Project
Learning and teaching methods
Modules in years 1 to 3 are taught linearly across three academic terms, meaning that you will usually receive a lecture in each module every week, allowing you to build up your knowledge throughout the year. This will also be supplemented by practical work in our Crime Scene House or in our laboratories, and especially in year 1, small group tutorials to offer you extra academic study support. In years 2 and 3, we encourage a greater level of independent directed study, and there is greater time spent developing your analytical skills in our laboratories.
In year 4, modules are taught through the block-mode approach, meaning study is more intensive, and is focussed upon one module at one time. This allows you to conduct longer, more involved practicals and research-style experiments to gain greater exposure to these higher level skills. The research project is usually taken over the summer in year 4.
Employment prospects for MSci graduates are very good. You will have a much increased set of practical skills to offer employers, including skills in research, method development and project management, and therefore this should allow you to apply for positions above entry level.
Analytical Scientists such as forensic scientists have a wealth of career opportunities available to them in the field of forensics and elsewhere. We would anticipate that most graduates will obtain positions as scientists in laboratories with forensic science service providers such as in toxicology or physical evidence examination laboratories, or related analytical industries where quality assurance and the use of instrumentation for analyte quantification or detection plays a significant part of the process.
With experience and employment, graduates should have the scope to aspire to becoming reporting scientists, expert witnesses or laboratory managers.
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