Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree or equivalent in archaeology, forensic science or scientific discipline, or the professional equivalent. Students with other degrees who can show a knowledge of and interest in the scientific elements of the subject will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Forensic Biology MSc sits within the Cranfield Forensic Institute at the Bedford campus. This course provides numerous opportunities to gain practical skills both in the laboratory and at the onsite crime scene facilities. There is also a distinct focus on the interpretational and critical thinking skills required by a forensic practitioner in industry. This course will also provide numerous opportunities to gain skills which would be advantageous in a range of laboratory-based careers and other careers in the criminal justice system.

Most modules are delivered over a five-day period, interspersed with time devoted to private study. You will be required to take 9 core modules, which include modules on the forensic context of body fluids, bloodstain pattern analysis and DNA as well as courtroom skills. You will also have a choice of 13 different elective modules based on your particular background, future requirements or interests.

This is followed by a four-month research project and either a thesis or paper. Within the research project, you will get the opportunity to gain essential experience from use of a range of analytical equipment and will be assigned a relevant supervisor with industry experience best suited to your topic of interest to support your process.

The choice of subject areas and the mode of learning provides a highly flexible course where you are able to tailor the MSc to your interests.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    11 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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