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Forensic Science MSc/MRes

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The Forensic Science programme has a reputation as being the best of its type in the country. It will provide you with advanced knowledge of the forensic processes and analytical techniques (particularly chemistry and biology) used in crime investigation. It is run by King's Forensics staff whose research is at the cutting edge of innovation and advancement in the field.

Key benefits

  • 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 both internal and external
  • Strategic alliance with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Directorate and research partners with Eurofins forming the Met/ Eurofins/KCL managed forensic service provision (2017)
  • Strategic alliance with the City Police Forensic Services Directorate and currently housing their fingerprinting laboratory (2019)
  • Links with over 25 forensic laboratories and institutions worldwide provide research placement opportunities for students’ projects
  • 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 a 28-week project to gain an extra 60 Credits and the MRes qualification

The contacts that King's has both in the UK and around the world provided me with the opportunity to do a 14 week industry placement working with cutting edge forensic technology. I was able to move into a job in Forensic Science straight after finishing the course.

Jamie , Student, Forensic Science MSc

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our Forensic Sciences course 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 Forensic Directorates of the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police in both teaching and research. The course is made up of two 15 credit modules and three 30 credit modules followed by a 60 or 120 credit research module. 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.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

For flexibility, a proportion of the course will be delivered by narrated PowerPoint. Contact time includes laboratory practicals, workshops, group discussions and problem-based learning exercises.

Approximate total contact hours for the taught modules is 390 hours.

You are also expected to undertake 810 hours of team and individual study.

Taught modules total 120 credits. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 

Research modules are 60 (MSc) or 120 credits (MRes). Project selection is through student application and interview.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework (laboratory competency; presentations, courtroom assessment, strategy planning, critical thinking) and examinations (unseen written essays and short answer questions, use of specialist computer software for forensic genetic reports). Coursework contributes approximately 45% and examinations approximately 55% to your final mark.

Research assessment: experimental plan, journal article, poster and viva (MRes seminar presentation)

Structure

Required modules

Analytical Chemistry for Forensic Science and Toxicology (15 credits)
Forensic Genetics (15 credits)
Forensic Process (30 credits)
Chemistry of Explosives & Drugs (30 credits)
Forensic Biology (30 credits)
Forensic Project (60 credits; MSc pathway)
Forensic Science Research Project (Extended) (120 credits; MRes pathway)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Most Forensic Science graduates go on to work in the forensic science sector with forensic service providers within the UK, European and international fields. Others have taken employment with the Metropolitan Police or crime scene departments of other police forces.

The degree, with its mixture of analytical chemistry and cutting-edge molecular biology, is also highly regarded in medical laboratories. Some graduates choose to continue to study towards a PhD either at King’s College London or other universities across the country. 

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 (MSc, 2022/23); £18,900 (MRes, 2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 (MSc, 2022/23); £39,180 (MRes, 2022/23)

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

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our Forensic Sciences course 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 Forensic Directorates of the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police in both teaching and research. The course is made up of two 15 credit modules and three 30 credit modules followed by a 60 or 120 credit research module. 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.

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

For flexibility, a proportion of the course will be delivered by narrated PowerPoint. Contact time includes laboratory practicals, workshops, group discussions and problem-based learning exercises.

Approximate total contact hours for the taught modules is 390 hours.

You are also expected to undertake 810 hours of team and individual study.

Taught modules total 120 credits. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 

Research modules are 60 (MSc) or 120 credits (MRes). Project selection is through student application and interview.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework (laboratory competency; presentations, courtroom assessment, strategy planning, critical thinking) and examinations (unseen written essays and short answer questions, use of specialist computer software for forensic genetic reports). Coursework contributes approximately 45% and examinations approximately 55% to your final mark.

Research assessment: experimental plan, journal article, poster and viva (MRes seminar presentation)

Structure

Required modules

Analytical Chemistry for Forensic Science and Toxicology (15 credits)
Forensic Genetics (15 credits)
Forensic Process (30 credits)
Chemistry of Explosives & Drugs (30 credits)
Forensic Biology (30 credits)
Forensic Project (60 credits; MSc pathway)
Forensic Science Research Project (Extended) (120 credits; MRes pathway)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Most Forensic Science graduates go on to work in the forensic science sector with forensic service providers within the UK, European and international fields. Others have taken employment with the Metropolitan Police or crime scene departments of other police forces.

The degree, with its mixture of analytical chemistry and cutting-edge molecular biology, is also highly regarded in medical laboratories. Some graduates choose to continue to study towards a PhD either at King’s College London or other universities across the country. 

 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 (MSc, 2022/23); £18,900 (MRes, 2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 (MSc, 2022/23); £39,180 (MRes, 2022/23)

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

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Funding

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