Taught course

Forensic and Analytical Science

Institution
Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Science and Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

At least an upper second class Honours degreee (or international equivalent) in a subject such as chemistry, forensic, analytical or environmental science is normally required. Applicants from different academic backgrounds or without formal qualifications - but with equivalent experience - will also be considered.

Months of entry

September

Course content

You will develop specialist knowledge of the key areas and underlying principles of analytical and forensic science and its multidisciplinary nature. You will study aspects of analytical, environmental, forensic and genetic sciences and develop transferable skills to prepare you for practice as a professional scientist.

The MSc in Forensic and Analytical Science blends both disciplines to develop multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding, and transferable skills that will prepare students to practice as professional scientists. In addition to lab work imbedded in units, simulated crime scene investigation and short field excursions, there is an optional residential fieldtrip to the Lake District the last week of term before Easter.

One of the key features of the course is that students will be given “hands-on” experience on an array of analytical instrumentation, which will subsequently improve employability. Apart from having the opportunity to carry out a research project in one of the many outstanding research groups at Manchester Metropolitan University, projects with external organisations will also be encouraged. Part-time students who are in employment with a relevant external organisation may carry out their project in association with their employer.

You will learn to evaluate critically forensic information, evidence and collected data and be confident in your ability to interpret complex technical information.

This Masters course offers science graduates the opportunity to develop transferable and professional skills to enhance employment prospects by combining specialist aspects of analytical, environmental, forensic and genetic sciences for application and practice in any of these disciplines.

You will be well placed to take advantage of exiting employment opportunities in the forensic, analytical and genetic science sectors. Key recruitment areas exist in separation science, toxicology, atomic spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, environmental forensics, DNA profiling and forensic services.

There is also the option of continuing your research career and pursue PhD level studies.

There is a dedicated project placement coordinator in the School of Science and the Environment who helps negotiate with potential placement providers and students to ensure mutually satisfactory outcomes, and also ensures health and safety codes of practice are met.

As well as the opportunity to carry out a research project in one of the many outstanding research groups in the School, projects with external organisations is also encouraged. Part-time students employed by a relevant external organisation may carry out their project in association with their employer.

SPECIAL FEATURES- **Unique combination of analytical, environmental and forensic sciences

** Hands-on training in the use of specialist analytical instruments and tools favoured by employers

** Learn through lab work and simulated crime scene investigation

** Programme includes short field excursions and an optional residential fieldtrip to the Lake District

** Options to specialise in your own area of interest

** Be part of a vibrant community of research-active staff who are experts in their field

** The programme is mainly assessed by coursework

** Flexible delivery: classroom teaching activities are limited to three days per week and students can study full or part-time.

You will study from the following units:

  • Analytical Process and Forensic Case Handling
  • Masters Project in Forensic and Analytical Science
  • Statistics & Research Design

With optional study from the following:

  • Advanced Analytical Methods
  • Environmental Forensics
  • Frontiers in Science
  • Genetics of Populations

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time UK/EU students: £4,700
International students
Full-time non-EU international students: £12,500

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries Team
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
0161 247 6249