Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 year

UK/EU fee

£850 per 20 credits* (2019/20)

International fee

£14,250 for the full programme (2019/20)

Course level




Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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:

‌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, such as 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:

Specialised facilities

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.

What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Digital Scholarship and Research Skills Development (40 credits)
  • Independent Research (80 credits) or Independent Study (20 credits - PGDip only)
  • Negotiated Module in Science (20 credits)

How you will learn

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

Entry requirements

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.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)


£850 per 20 credits*

£850 per 20 credits*


£14,250 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 Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 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.

How to apply


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.

Programme leader

David Bryson

Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

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.

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