M.Litt. On Campus

Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation

University of Dundee

12 months
18950 GBP/year
7950 GBP/year
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Learn with creative writing experts, as well as forensic and legal experts, exploring the roles they play in investigations in this M.Litt. Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation from University of Dundee.


By studying at the M.Litt. Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation from University of Dundee with our expert forensic scientists at our Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) and acclaimed authors, you will be able to write knowledgeably and creatively about key aspects of crime and the law.

During this course you will have access to authoritative information about forensic science, the police and the law, and will also learn about forensic experts and the role they play in legal investigations. You will also learn the skills needed to create an imaginative piece of writing, which makes use of forensic cultures, histories, investigation and evidence.

You will be taught by staff in literature and forensic science and you will also have the opportunity to watch forensic experts being trained to give evidence as they participate in mock trials assisted by our colleagues in the University's Law School.

Scotland is fast establishing itself as a major destination for crime writing, with authors, festivals and publishers all contributing to the 'Tartan Noir' phenomenon. During your time with us, you will be part of an inspiring, imaginative community, where forensic science and creativity successfully work together.


This course will expand your knowledge of forensic science and enhance your writing skills.

You will gain an understanding of crime, writing, and publishing, which will help you write novels, short stories, poetry, drama or non-fiction. 

This may also lead to a career in publishing, editing, teaching, festival management, and writer-in-residence roles.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Forensic Environments (MLitt)
  • Forensic Science and the Law
  • Creative Workshop
  • Dissecting Writing
  • Continuing Writing: The Creative Writing Dissertation
  • Forensic Science and Networks of Knowledge 1800-1940

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in any subject. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered.
  • All applicants should submit a piece of their creative writing. An explanation of the creative project may also be included with the application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18950 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7950 GBP per year during 12 months.

Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland - £ 7,950 per year of studyEU/International - £ 18,950 per year of study

Living costs for Dundee

787 - 1494 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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