Forensic Science MSc
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
2 or 3 years part-timeHealth and Life Sciences
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus
This programme is aimed at those from traditional science subjects (ie the Chemical or Biological Sciences) and aims to build on the scientific knowledge gained at undergraduate level and focus, apply and extend this knowledge and its associated skills into specialist areas in Forensic Sciences (you can choose either Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Biology).
Forensic Science covers a wide range of scientific disciplines in criminal detection. This Masters degree covers subject material drawn from a unique combination of forensic chemistry and biology. The course will introduce you to the underlying principles of the themes of biological and chemical analysis, which are then developed in their applications to Forensic Science as well as the management of Forensic Science within the investigation process and the Criminal Justice System.
You will be able to explore and develop a critical understanding of the place and role of scientific expertise and skills in a wider forensic and social context, focusing on specialist topics in forensic chemistry (eg trace evidence, toxicology) and in forensic biology (eg DNA, body fluid analysis).
The MSc will enhance your career opportunities in the analytical science sector. It may also be useful for those individuals within the Police or Scientific Support with an appropriate first degree. It will enable you to take full advantage of opportunities that will ensue from the expansion of this area and/or prepare you for further academic research.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Assessment of the modules is varied and will utilise formal examinations, reports of laboratory investigations, written and oral presentations and viva voce exams, case studies and portfolios, observational assessment and pc based methodologies.
Careers may include entry into the Analytical Sciences or for those who wish to pursue further studies in the subject area, for example at PhD level. Direct entry into the Forensic Science Sector (with specialism in either Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Biology) is possible although places are limited.
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