The Forensic Ballistics course from Cranfield University is highly practical and hands-on, aiming to produce a clear understanding of how firearms and ammunition function, the science of ballistics, the role of the forensic firearms examiner and how the forensic evidence produced in gun crime can be used to help resolve issues in relation to criminal and civil law.
The course consists of a one-week period of introductory studies followed by academic instruction in modular form. Most modules are of five days duration, interspersed with weeks devoted to private study. Students are required to take eight core modules and choose three elective modules based on their particular background, future requirements or interests. This is followed by a four-month research project and either a thesis or literature review and paper.
Prepares you to practice as a professional expert witness in forensic ballistics, within forensic laboratories, police departments, government bodies and non-governmental organisations. It is also a necessary introduction that could lead into conducting research at PhD level in the subject.
In celebration of the £3.5m investment in the Forensic Programme at the Cranfield campus in 2020, Cranfield University are awarding five scholarships for each MSc degree on our world-leading Forensic Programme. Each scholarship awards a full-tuition fee waiver to cover the course fee. Find out more about the requirements on the Cranfield Forensic Institute Excellence Scholarship page.
More informationVisit official programme website
- Analytical Techniques
- Courtroom Skills
- Firearms Investigations
- Forensic Ballistic Investigations
- Investigation and Evidence Collection
- Reasoning for Forensic Science
- Introduction to Firearms Investigations and Forensic Ballistics
- Materials Engineering and Processing
The course offers students a wide range of different experiences with unique facilities available to no other university in the UK.The MSc in Forensic Ballistics course usually has around 10-15 students per year. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds, usually with a science or forensic science first degree. Many students come from abroad, especially Europe, Africa and North America.
- 11 months
- 36 months
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Although there are no set application deadlines, we recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure your place.
DisciplinesMaterials Science & Engineering Military Science Forensic Science View 99 other Masters in Materials Science & Engineering in United Kingdom
A first or second class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as a science, archaeology, anthropology, engineering, forensic science, materials, or the professional equivalent. Students with other degrees who can show a knowledge of and interest in the scientific elements of the subject will also be considered.
International20000 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 20000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 11 months.
EU/EEA10000 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 10000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 11 months.
PgDip Full-time: £8,000
PgDip Full-time: £16,200
- Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)
- Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England
- Santander MSc Scholarship
- Chevening Scholarships
- Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)
- Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €6000 to cover your tuition fees.
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