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Forensic and Analytical Science MSc

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  • Objectives
    -To provide an understanding of the principles of the analytical method. -To provide experience in the preservation and handling of evidence. -To enable you to think critically and make informed choices between proposed analytical techniques, methods and instruments. -To educate students in the critical interpretation of data. -To teach the principles of quality control and assurance. -To enable you to apply your knowledge to the practical solution of real analytical problems in forensic and other applications. -To provide familiarity with current analytical literature and in particular to enable you to review, select, read and critically discuss the papers most relevant to a particular topic. -To train you in the methods of experimental design and the creation of new methods, novel modifications or combinations of existing methods. -To develop the techniques of communication, including report writing, poster and oral presentation. -To train students in independent study.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Honours degree in a science subject, in which chemistry has formed a significant part, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Academic Title
    Forensic and Analytical Science MSc
  • Course description
    Introduction

    Forensic science involves the application of scientific techniques to criminal and civil legal cases. Although it embraces many disciplines, most practising forensic scientists are experts in one discipline. The course provides training in analytical science, in the context of forensic science, an area which offers many job opportunities.

    Key Features

    -Modular course with eight taught modules plus project.
    -Emphasis on independent learning.
    -Assessment by assignment.

    The course is designed to train you in scientific methodology relating to forensic and analytical science, extend your interest and knowledge in the subject and provide vocational support.

    Course Structure
    To complete the MSc course you are required to pass eight taught modules including a practical module and the project. The project requires 50 days' laboratory work and takes place during the summer, usually in an industrial placement.

    We normally offer the following modules:

    Fundamentals of Analytical Science

    Forensic Investigation

    Basic Instrumental Methods

    Statistics and Computing

    Advanced Separation Techniques

    Advanced Methods for Organic Compounds

    Forensic Biology

    Practical

    Placements and Careers (no credits awarded for these modules)
    We also offer some forensic short courses in partner institutions.

    Career Opportunities
    Future employment in both the forensic and analytical science areas is a focus of the course.

    Funding
    Financial support covering fees and a bursary may be available for eligible students

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