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Forensic Science MSc, MRes, PG Dip, PG Cert

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Overview

The Forensic Science programme will provide you with advanced knowledge of the forensic processes (particularly chemistry and biology) and analytical techniques used in crime investigation. It is the longest-running accredited programme of its type in England. 


Key benefits

  • Study programme fully accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
  • A well-established and highly respected forensic science programme with contributions from leading forensic scientists.
  • Strategic alliance with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Directorate and links to many Forensic Science and Drug testing laboratories in the UK, EU and worldwide.
  • Exposure to cutting-edge technology and methodology at the forefront of forensic science research and development.
  • Flexible study pathway with the opportunity to extend your project to 28-week project to gain an extra 30 ECTS and the MRes qualification.
  • Opportunities for specialist research projects in accredited laboratories around the world are available.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year F/T MSc, 2 years P/T MSc, 15 months F/T MRes, 30 months P/T MRes, 9 months F/T PGDip, 21 months P/T PGDip, 9 months P/T PG Cert

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90 UK 240/ECTS 120

Programme accreditations Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences - accredited course

Course intake 35 FT.

Course leaders Dr Barbara Daniel

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Forensic and Analytical Science

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, or similar combination.

Chemistry and Biology qualifications equivalent to UK A-level are also required (applicants with other qualifications may contact Admissions for guidance). Applicants may also be required to complete an Online Test prior to interview

Application procedure

Applications will be processed upon receipt. Places are offered either directly or after successful completion of an online test (to test basic chemistry and molecular biology knowledge) and interview.  Overseas applicants are advised to apply by March to allow sufficient time for visa application. Places are ascribed on a first come first served basis. 

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Departmental and College Postgraduate Open Days http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/openday/index.aspx

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants with degrees in chemistry, analytical chemistry, pharmacology or toxicology are required to provide evidence of at least one course unit in biochemistry. Applicants with degrees in biochemistry or molecular biology are required to provide evidence of at least one course unit in chemistry.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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Course detail

Description

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our Forensic Sciences study programme is the longest-running programme of its type in England, having been first established in 1985.

You will benefit from an advanced and flexible study programme devised and delivered by internationally leading researchers, and recognised forensic providers including our accredited DNA analysis and Drug Control Centre testing laboratories. We also collaborate closely with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Directorate in both teaching and research.

The study programme is made up of optional and required modules. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for the MRes qualification, you will study an extended research module that carries a further 120 credits to complete the course.

Qualification

Study - mode

Duration

Credit

Value

Forensic Science MRes

Full-time

15-months

240

Forensic Science MRes

Part-time

30-months

240

Forensic Science MSc

Full-time

12-months

180

Forensic Science MSc

Part-time

24-months

180

Forensic Science Postgraduate Diploma

Full-time

Nine months

120

Forensic Science Postgraduate Diploma

Part-time

21-months

120

Forensic Science Postgraduate Certificate

Part-time only

Nine-months

60

 

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For flexibility, a significant proportion of the course will be delivered by narrated PowerPoint. Teaching time includes workshops, group discussions and problem-based learning exercises.  Approximate total contact hours for the taught modules is 360-hours for all apart from the part-time PG Cert for which there are 180-hours.

You are also expected to undertake 840 hours of team and individual study for all apart from the part-time PG Cert for which you are expected to undertake 420 hours.

Assessment

Current evaluation methods include examinations, MCQs, witness statements, courtroom appearance, crime scene management and assignments.

Assessments are carried out in study teams, with developmental assignment results and feedback discussed at team and class level.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Extra information

You will also need to have either started or completed a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations.

Structure

  • Forensic Science MRes / MSc Pathway

    Required Modules

    • Forensic Process (30 credits)
    • Chemistry of Explosives and Drugs (30 credits)
    • Forensic Biology (30 credits)
    • Core Analytical Sciences (15 credits)
    • Forensic Genetics (15 credits)

    You are also required to complete a research and dissertation module depending on your choice of study pathway:

    • Extended Research Project MSc (60 credits)
    • Extended Research Project MRes (120 credits)

    Part-time Pathway

    Year one

    • Core Analytical Sciences (15 credits) 
    • Forensic Genetics (15 credits) 

    Year two

    • Forensic Research Project (60 Credits MSc or 120 Credits MRes)

    Year one or Year two

    • Forensic Process (30 credits) 
    • Chemistry of Explosives and Drugs (30 credits) 
    • Forensic Biology (30 credits) 

    Forensic Science Postgraduate Diploma Pathway

    Required Modules

    • Forensic Process (30 credits) 
    • Chemistry of Explosives and Drugs (30 credits) 
    • Forensic Biology (30 credits) 
    • Core Analytical Sciences (15 credits) 
    • Forensic Genetics (15 credits) 

    Part-time Pathway

    Year one

    • Core Analytical Sciences (15 credits)  
    • Forensic Genetics (15 credits)  

    Year two

    • Forensic Process (30 credits)

    Either Year one or Year two

    • Chemistry of Explosives and Drugs (30 credits)  
    • Forensic Biology (30 credits)   

    Forensic Science Postgraduate Certificate Pathway

    Required Modules

    • Core Analytical Sciences (15 credits)   
    • Forensic Genetics (15 credits)   

    Optional Modules

    You will take an additional 30 credits from a range of modules that may typically include:

    • Forensic Process (30 credits)
    • Chemistry of Explosives and Drugs (30 credits)
    • Forensic Biology (30 credits)

     

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Career prospects

Most of our students go on to work in the forensic science sector with forensic service providers within the UK, European and International field being the major employers. Others have taken employment with the Metropolitan Police or crime scene departments of other police forces. Many of our Canadian graduates now work for the RCMP or the Toronto Centre for Forensic Sciences. Some of our students go on to do a PhD either at King's College London or other universities across the country.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,950 p.a. (MSc, (2017/18)*; £14,800 p.a. (MRes, (2017/18)*; TBC (PGDip, (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,800 p.a (MSc, (2017/18)**; £30,400 p.a (MRes, (2017/18)**; TBC (PGDip, (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£5,475 p.a (MSc, (2017/18)*; TBC (MRes, (2017/18)*; TBC (PGCert, (2017/18)*; TBC (PGDip, (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£11,400 p.a (MSc, (2017/18)*; TBC p.a (MRes, (2017/18)*; TBC (PGCert, (2017/18)*; TBC (PGDip, (2017/18)*

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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