Taught course

Forensic Science

UWE Bristol · Department of Applied Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants normally have one of the following:

  • An honours degree awarded by a UK institute of higher education (at least 2:2), in a relevant applied or social science subject.
  • Relevant subjects include but are not exclusive to Biological Science, Chemical Science, Biomedical Science, Environmental Science,Geology, Physical Geography, Engineering, Mathematics, Psychology, Criminology, Sociology etc.
  • We will also look at other subjects which include a component of quantitative research.

This programme is a conversion course. As a result, we do not accept applicants who have a BSc (Hons) or MSci in Forensic Science.

Months of entry


Course content

Forensic science is the application of a broad range of scientific analyses for the assistance of courts of law.

If you have an analytical mind-set and enjoy problem-solving, this master's course will enable you to deepen your knowledge gained from a scientific or analytical background, to specialise in a field where you'll add real value to society.

During this one year course you'll receive high level training in analytical science, incorporating elements of biology, chemistry and law. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of not only the scientific issues that affect the outcome of criminal trials, but also societal factors such as unconscious bias and juror expectation.

You'll also undertake a substantial research project based on your interests and career goals.

Designed with input from industry professionals and with a strong practical focus that mirrors real life, you'll learn the full range of skills needed to launch a career in this interesting field.

Your learning will follow the journey of evidence from a crime scene, through to analysis in the laboratory, and finishing with the evaluation and presentation of the evidence in the criminal courts.

You'll make full use of our range of simulation facilities, including a 'crime scene house', as well as laboratories,and mock courtrooms.

You'll benefit from specialist guest lectures and research seminars, and be able to take advantage of our broad range of extracurricular activities, such as forensic book club, forensic film club, CV and online portfolio development, and employability workshops and fairs.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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