Research course

Forensic Science

University of Lincoln · School of Life Sciences
MSc by researchMPhilPhD

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 honours degree in a science subject (or equivalent) from a recognised official Higher Education Institution. Demonstration of proficiency in English is also required for international/EU students.

Months of entry


Course content

This scientifically rigorous Master’s programme provides extensive training in the latest techniques being employed in forensic science laboratories around the world.

At Lincoln, you will be taught by experienced academics and practitioners with specialist expertise in analytical and organic chemistry, pharmacy, entomology, anthropology and molecular biology. You will be encouraged to engage in the interdisciplinary research culture at the University of Lincoln and to work alongside academics who are striving to advance forensic science techniques.

Teaching incorporates forensic principles, operating within the context of legal considerations, the role of the expert witness and presentation of evidence. You will learn about the processes involved in providing impartial evidence in criminal investigations, from crime scenes to laboratory and, finally, to the courtroom.

Department specialisms

Instrumental analysis for drugs and fire & explosion investigation. DNA fingerprinting. Fingerprinting science. Document authentication. Dye and pigment analysis. Forensic entomology. Physiology and post-mortem change. Criminal investigation analysis. Spectroscopic techniques (including Raman) and separation science. Surface analysis.

Information for international students

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

As a University of Lincoln postgraduate student, you may be eligible to apply for one of our generous scholarship packages. For more information about postgraduate funding and scholarships, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
18 months
part time
36 months


part time
60 months
full time
33 months

Course contact details

Dr Jose Gonzalez-Rodriguez
01522 886644