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.
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 Forensic Science Regulator and Forensic Science Society to push for increased forensic science research and development.
As a result of the increased drive for more research within forensic science, we have developed this MRes Forensic Science to enable you to undertake your own original research within your chosen area of forensic science.
You will need a good honours degree (typically 2:2 or higher) in forensic science or a related discipline. If you have professional experience in forensic science, you may also be considered as eligible for this course. 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.
Are you an international student?
You will need an honours degree (typically 2:2 or higher) in biological science or a related discipline. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 7.0. All international students will have a Skype interview.
Specialist areas you can develop your research project include:
Forensic handwriting and document analysis
Photography and imaging
Drugs of abuse and chemical analysis
Blood pattern analysis
Detection of chemical and biological agents
Single molecule explosive detection systems
Chemical stability testing
You’ll study these modules:
You’ll develop the key skills used to conduct and communicate research. This will include research ethics, scientific writing, and research publication. The Research Skills module is made up of six 10 credit modules which cover different research skills. These six modules aim to equip you with relevant transferable skills not only to conduct your own independent masters research project, but also for future research career opportunities.
Our staff expertise covers a diverse range of forensic science subjects and we can support research which is either field or laboratory based.
Specialist areas in which you could develop your research project include forensic handwriting and document analysis, forensic entomology, forensic microbiology, molecular analysis, wildlife forensics, forensic anthropology, blood pattern analysis, ballistics, forensic drug analysis and fingerprint analysis.
Essential Skills for Scientists
To ensure you increase your knowledge of your chosen area of forensic science research, this module introduces the relevant literature, research methods, and analytical skills relating to your research and will also prepare you for undertaking your independent research project.
You will select a research area that reflects your chosen field of interest and undertake an original research project. You will plan, design, organise and conduct your own research, which will be presented in a thesis.
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.
This course will provide you with excellent preparation for further study towards 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.
Other opportunities lie in areas such as marketing, communications, public relations and human resources. With the skills you will gain from this postgraduate course, you´ll be prepared for work in many areas.
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