Research course

Forensic Science

Institution
University of Derby · College of Life and Natural Sciences
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

You will need a good honours degree (typically 2:2 or higher) in forensic science or a related discipline. If you have professional experience in forensic science, you may also be considered as eligible for this course.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course begins in September 2018, subject to validation

Why choose this course?

  • Develop into an independent forensic researcher by learning essential skills
  • Conduct a research project in an area of your choice so you can further explore your individual interests
  • Gain a stand-alone research qualification or bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and PhD
  • Work alongside an experienced and enthusiastic academic team in the production of high quality forensic research
  • Use our extensive laboratories, forensic training facility or field sites, to explore the dynamic world of Forensic Science

This course will support you in proposing, developing, and conducting a research project, providing you with invaluable experience and insight into how research is conducted.

Innovation in forensics

The forensic science sector has always strived to develop innovative forensic technology, particularly within the fields of molecular techniques and DNA profiling. Recent developments within this sector have led the Chartered Society of Forensic Science to push for increased forensic science research and development. As a result, we have developed our MRes Forensic Science to enable you to undertake your own original research within your chosen area of forensic science.

Active research staff

Our staff are active researchers, regularly presenting at scientific conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Our expertise covers a diverse range of forensic science subjects and we can support research that is either field or laboratory-based.

Specialist areas in which you could develop your research project include:

  • Forensic handwriting and document analysis
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Photography and imaging
  • Forensic entomology
  • Forensic microbiology
  • Molecular analysis
  • Wildlife forensics
  • Drugs of abuse and chemical analysis
  • Blood pattern analysis
  • Fire investigation
  • Ballistics
  • Fingerprint analysis
  • Detection of chemical and biological agents
  • Single molecule explosive detection systems
  • Chemical stability testing.

Specialised facilities

We have both field sites and specialised laboratory facilities available for your research projects. These include an imaging laboratory, a molecular laboratory, an insectary with adjoining entomology laboratory, a dedicated microbiology laboratory and an analytical suite housing GCMS, SEM, HPLC, and a UV Vis spectrophotometer. We can also support research that is field-based.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0. All international students will have a Skype interview.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for the latest information.

Qualification and course duration

MRes

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Kate Barnes
Email
K.Barnes1@derby.ac.uk
Phone
01332 591752