This course will support you in proposing, developing, and conducting a research project, providing you with invaluable experience and insight into how research is conducted. Studying a masters degree in Forensic Science at Derby will:
- Develop into an independent forensic researcher by learning essential skills
- Conduct a research project in an area of your choice so you can further explore your individual interests
- Gain a stand-alone research qualification or bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and PhD
- Work alongside an experienced and enthusiastic academic team in the production of high quality forensic research
- Use our extensive laboratories, forensic training facility or field sites, to explore the dynamic world of Forensic Science
This course starts in September 2018
Innovation in forensics
The forensic science sector has always strived to develop innovative forensic technology, particularly within the fields of molecular techniques and DNA profiling. Recent developments within this sector have led the Chartered Society of Forensic Science to push for increased forensic science research and development. As a result, we have developed our MRes Forensic Science to enable you to undertake your own original research within your chosen area of forensic science.
Active research staff
Our staff are active researchers, regularly presenting at scientific conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Our expertise covers a diverse range of forensic science subjects and we can support research that is either field or laboratory-based.
Specialist areas in which you could develop your research project include:
- Forensic handwriting and document analysis
- Forensic anthropology
- Photography and imaging
- Forensic entomology
- Forensic microbiology
- Molecular analysis
- Wildlife forensics
- Drugs of abuse and chemical analysis
- Blood pattern analysis
- Fire investigation
- Fingerprint analysis
- Detection of chemical and biological agents
- Single molecule explosive detection systems
- Chemical stability testing
We have both field sites and specialised laboratory facilities available for your research projects. These include an imaging laboratory, a molecular laboratory, an insectary with adjoining entomology laboratory, a dedicated microbiology laboratory and an analytical suite housing GCMS, SEM, HPLC, and a UV Vis spectrophotometer. We can also support research that is field-based.
You will study modules such as:
- Research Skills - You will develop the key skills used to conduct and communicate research. Topics covered include research ethics, scientific writing, research publication, and funding research
- Qualitative and Quantitative Statistics - You will learn about the appropriate statistical tests for analysing different types of data
- Negotiated Module in Science - You will increase your knowledge of your chosen area of forensic science research
- Independent Research - A key component of the MRes will be the development, design and initiation of a research project within your chosen field of interest under the supervision of one of the researchers within the department. You will also be encouraged to write up and submit your research project as a peer-reviewed journal article
Subject to validation, a new programme specification will be added once validated so please check back soon.
We offer a mixture of learning and teaching activities, including face-to-face and online learning. A timetable of the required contact hours for each academic year is available on request.
How you are assessed
You will be assessed through a variety of methods allowing you to show your individual strengths and abilities.
Learn from an expert teaching team
- Dr Kate Barnes - Special interests include forensic entomology and microbiology
- Dr Ian Turner - Special interests include handwriting and document analysis
- Dr Louise Robinson - Special interests include wildlife forensics and molecular analysis
- Ms Samantha Drake - Special interests include drugs of abuse and chemical analysis
- Mr Adam S Long - Special interests include fingerprint analysis
- Mr John Wright - Special interests include blood pattern analysis, fire investigation and ballistics
- Mr David Bryson - Special interests include forensic anthropology, photography and imaging
You will need an undergraduate degree classification of 2:2 or above in a forensic science related subject.
If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to submit a one-page proposal outlining the areas of interest for your potential research project. More details concerning this proposal will be provided when you are invited to interview.
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£660 per 20 credits*
£660 per 20 credits*
£13,500 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
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Scholarships and bursaries
We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.
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After completing this postgraduate course, you'll be in a great position to secure a variety of jobs within forensic science. You could gain work as a scientific writer, laboratory manager, serious crime advisor, lecturer or senior scientific advisor.
Our course will provide you with an excellent basis from which to study a PhD, or give you the skills required for a research position.
There are a variety of opportunities in the private sector where you can undertake consultancy work or you could work for a range of forensic science providers in a variety of roles.
† Additional information about your studies
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
* This course is subject to validation.