M.Sc. On Campus

Forensic Science

University of Strathclyde

12 months
24250 GBP/year
10850 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Forensic Science at The University of Strathclyde is the UK’s longest established forensic science degree. 


During the Forensic Science at The University of Strathclyde, you’ll join a global network of Strathclyde forensic science graduates in highly respected positions all over the world. In addition to preparing you for life as a forensic scientist, you’ll also graduate with a wide range of practical skills, problem solving and investigative thinking relevant to a wide range of careers.

You'll benefit from the expertise of our enthusiastic teaching staff who also conduct forensic science research and casework. Studying in the Centre for Forensic Science offers a unique experience, combining ‘case-based’ learning with research-led teaching.

Following the general introduction in semester 1, you can choose to specialise in either forensic biology or forensic chemistry. As a forensic biologist you’ll study a range of topics including:

  •  body fluid analysis
  •  blood pattern interpretation
  •  DNA profiling
  •  investigation of assaults and sexual offences

If you choose to specialise in forensic chemistry, you’ll develop expertise in:

  •  analysis of fires and explosives
  •  drugs of abuse
  •  alcohol and toxicology

Job titles include:

  • Analytical Chemist
    • Biology Casework Examiner
    • Deputy Laboratory Director
    • DNA Analyst
    • Forensic Case Worker Examiner
    • Forensic DNA Analyst
    • Forensic Scientist
    • Laboratory Analyst
    • Medical Laboratory Assistant Histopathology
    • Research & Development Chemist

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    •  Professional & Career Skills
    •  Essentials in Forensic Science
    •  Essentials of Forensic Science: Practical
    •  Practical Crime Scene Exercise
    •  Forensic Biology  
    •  Forensic Chemistry  
    •  Practical Examination in Optional Classes
    •  Dissertation

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines

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    • There’s no formal closing date for postgraduate applications


    180 alternative credits


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA
    Lower Second Class

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    Minimum second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science subject such as:

    • chemistry
    • biology
    • biochemistry
    • pharmacy
    • zoology
    • botany

    Prospective students with relevant industry experience are also welcome to apply.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      24250 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 24250 GBP per year during 12 months.
    • National

      10850 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 10850 GBP per year during 12 months.

    Living costs for Glasgow

    620 - 1012 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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