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Forensic Science MSc, MRes, PG Dip, PG Cert



The longest running, accredited programme of its type in England - delivered by leading forensic researchers. Students gain knowledge of the forensic process and analytical techniques used in crime investigation.  Exciting opportunities for specialist research projects in accredited laboratories around the world are available.  This programme leads to further study opportunities (e.g. PhD) or careers in forensic science.

Key benefits

  • Programme fully accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

  • A well established and highly respected forensic science programme with contributions from practising forensic scientists who are experts in their field.

  • The Department has a 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.

  • Opportunities for integrated training placements in forensic laboratories mentioned above.

  • Exposure to cutting edge technology and methodology at the forefront of forensic science research and development.

  • Students wishing to may extend their project to 28 week project to gain an extra 30 ECTS and the MRes qualification.

  • Located in central London.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc: one year FT, September to September. MRes: 15 months, September to February.

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


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

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 is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


Forensic science covers a wide range of disciplines, most of which are based on chemistry and biology. As their careers progress, forensic scientists often develop specialisms but a broad knowledge of forensic science is a prerequisite.

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the Forensic Science MSc programme was established in 1985, making it the longest running programme of its type in England. Studying here you will benefit from a programme devised and delivered by internationally leading researchers, and recognised forensic providers including our accredited DNA analysis at King’s and Drug Control Centre testing laboratories here at King’s Forensics. A particular strength of the programme is the contribution from many forensic practitioners, enabling you to share in their expertise and experience. We also collaborate closely with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Directorate in both teaching and research. The course at King’s College London is aimed at those wishing to pursue careers in forensic science. It is not intended for those wishing to pursue careers in forensic pathology, forensic psychiatry or forensic odontology. These professions require training in medicine or dentistry.

Taught modules cover: Analytical chemistry/instrumental analysis, DNA profiling, population genetics, trace evidence analysis, court procedures, drugs and toxicology, etc. Plus a 14-week (or 28-week extended) research project in a forensic (or related) laboratory, in the UK, the EU or further afield.

Course purpose

To provide knowledge and understanding of the forensic process and of the analytical techniques (particularly chemistry and biology) used in the investigation of crime. For those wishing to pursue a career in forensic science or a related subject.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

  • Lectures, workshops and practical classes.

  • Each module assessed by examination, MCQ assessment, coursework (different for each module)

  • Project assessed by literature review, journal article, poster presentation and mini-viva.

  • Extended project assessed by literature review, poster presentation and seminar.

Extra information

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



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

£10,500 p.a. (MSc, (2016/17)*; £14,000 p.a. (MRes, (2016/17)*; TBC (PGDip, (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£21,750 p.a (MSc, (2016/17)*; £29,000 p.a (MRes, (2016/17)*; TBC (PGDip, (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£5,250 p.a (MSc, (2016/17)*; £7,000 p.a (MRes, (2016/17)*; TBC (PGCert, (2016/17)*; TBC (PGDip, (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£10,875 p.a (MSc, (2016/17)*; £14,500 p.a (MRes, (2016/17)*; TBC (PGCert, (2016/17)*; TBC (PGDip, (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 - Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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


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