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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.
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
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
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
Applicants are encouraged to attend the Departmental and College Postgraduate Open Days http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/openday/index.aspx
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.
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.
Study - mode
Forensic Science MRes
Forensic Science MSc
Forensic Science Postgraduate Diploma
Forensic Science Postgraduate Certificate
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.
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.
Forensic Science MRes / MSc Pathway
You are also required to complete a research and dissertation module depending on your choice of study pathway:
Year one or Year two
Forensic Science Postgraduate Diploma Pathway
Either Year one or Year two
Forensic Science Postgraduate Certificate Pathway
You will take an additional 30 credits from a range of modules that may typically include:
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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£10,950 p.a. (MSc, (2017/18)*; £14,800 p.a. (MRes, (2017/18)*; TBC (PGDip, (2017/18)*
£22,800 p.a (MSc, (2017/18)**; £30,400 p.a (MRes, (2017/18)**; TBC (PGDip, (2017/18)*
£5,475 p.a (MSc, (2017/18)*; TBC (MRes, (2017/18)*; TBC (PGCert, (2017/18)*; TBC (PGDip, (2017/18)*
£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.
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.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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