MSc in Crime and Forensic Science University College London

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University College London University College London Location: University College London
Gower Street
Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk
Email: scs@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 0203 1083 206

** We have a number of scholarships for our courses each year – see our website for details and scholarship deadlines.


The MSc in Crime and Forensic Science will train graduates to think strategically and critically about crime and forensic science, equipping them with transferable skills suitable for a wide range of careers. It is a new multidisciplinary programme with modules provided by departments across UCL including Security and Crime Science, Psychology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Biology, Archaeology and Laws.

Core modules will concentrate on understanding the scientific principles behind forensic science and how these are interpreted in the courtroom. Optional modules will include forensic archaeology, molecular biology and the psychology behind decision making, enabling students to specialise in a particular area of forensic science if they wish. In addition to UCL-based modules there will be a practical component provided by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Crime Academy: students can attend a week-long course on crime scene investigation at their specialised laboratory facilities in London.


By the end of the programme students will be prepared for a variety of different career paths including research, crime investigation, forensic science provision, policy making and public sector careers such as the civil service.


Our courses bring together students and practitioners. Graduate students come from a variety of disciplines (both engineering and social sciences) and practitioners come from organisations such as the Met Police, British Transport Police, Serious and Organised Crime Agency, Government Communications HQ (GCHQ), SELEX, MoD, Transport for London, City of London Police.

About the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science (SCS)

The SCS (part of the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science) is the first university department in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime. It does this through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction.

Our mission is to change crime policy and practice. In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) 75% of the department's research activity was judged to be internationally excellent or world leading, placing the department joint second in the UK in the relevant unit of assessment. The department, based at University College London, consistently ranked one of the world's top universities, currently runs the highly popular MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism and the MSc in Crime Science as well as the new UCL JDI Centre for the Forensic Sciences and the £17m international Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre.

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