Forensic and Analytical Science with Industrial Experience MSci

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Our Forensic and Analytical Science with Industrial Experience MSci course offers you the opportunity to get a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of forensic science while developing in-depth knowledge of analytical science – the basis of forensic chemistry. Analytical science is also widely used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, hospitals and analytical service laboratories, so this course could help open up a whole range of career opportunities to you.

  • Throughout the course, which is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, you’ll be supported by academics and experienced practitioners in forensic science and in analytical science.
  • Where this course differs from our BSc(Hons) is that in the third year of this MSci you’ll do a placement year in an industry setting. This focused time spent in an industrial laboratory could be the ideal option for you if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • Inspired by their placements, previous graduates have gone on to careers in a whole range of analytical science-based fields including the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, hospitals and analytical service laboratories.
  • As well as getting the chance to develop your practical and problem-solving skills while on placement, we’ve designed the course to be as hands-on as possible throughout.
  • In our specialised labs and crime-scene facilities, you’ll be able to get to grips with the tools and processes used in real-life investigations and our simulated scenarios will challenge you to apply your know-how on the spot.

My degree has helped me to explore not just the area of Forensic Science but also the analytical and chemistry side. It has improved my practical skills using a great variety of analytical instruments, as well as the legal side of Forensic Science with mock expert witness statements and in-court exercises.

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Ineta Vaiciulyte, Forensic and Analytical Science with Industrial Experience MSci

Course detail

Practical Forensic Science 1

This module is an introduction to basic forensic techniques and the scientific principles underlying them. Techniques used include fingerprint development (chemical and physical), spot tests for blood stains, identification of glass fragments by density, refractive index and x-ray fluorescence, microscopic examination of hairs and fibres and methods for determining alcohol and drugs in the blood. Practical work is supported by lectures on forensic awareness and how forensic scientists interact with the police force and other bodies.

Analytical Science 1

This module aims to introduce students from diverse backgrounds to the range of skills required in modern analytical science and illustrate how analytical methodology underpins scientific investigation across the conventional discipline boundaries. The module will build on and develop your prior knowledge of analysis whilst not assuming any particular area of expertise and will also endeavour to improve your numerical, IT and communication skills by illustrating analytical methodology in the context of these key skill areas. This module also aims to develop your ability to obtain and interpret a wide range of spectroscopic data in a systematic and logical fashion. In this way you'll be taught to apply your knowledge to a wide range of new problems and in so doing develop your general problem solving skills. The module will be taught primarily by lectures and tutorials with illustrative practical work to highlight salient points from the lecture material.

Inorganic Chemistry 1

This module introduces you to the chemistry of the elements. Starting with the earliest known chemical events in the universe, this module discusses the elements, their origin, structure and properties before looking at the structure and bonding in and reactions of chemical compounds and encompasses a number of areas of (mostly) main group chemistry including, but not limited to, the constituents of the earth's crust and the chemistry of the atmosphere.

Data Handling for Forensic Science

This module provides an introduction to the use of computers for scientific data handling and networking. It will also consolidate the mathematical ability of students entering the course from a variety of backgrounds and provides the essential groundwork in this subject area together with an introduction to probability and statistics.

Organic Chemistry 1

This module teaches you to recognise a range of functional groups and to name systematically compounds that contain them. Structure and bonding in organic compounds are discussed, as are the concepts of the octet rule, orbital hybridisation, formal charge, bond polarisation and resonance. The importance of molecular geometry is introduced and the basic principles of molecular conformation and of stereochemistry are covered. In preparation for the chemistry to follow, an integrated treatment of the 'language of chemical change' is presented. The ideas of mechanism and reaction intermediates are met, together with the curly arrow symbolism which chemists use to represent the electron movement inherent in chemical reactions. In the second half of the module, the chemistry of the principal functional groups is considered, using the ideas developed earlier. The lecture programme is reinforced by regular tutorials in which problems are worked. Running parallel to the lecture programme is a continuously assessed practical course that introduces you to the basic techniques of preparative organic chemistry.

Physical Chemistry 1

This module covers four areas of physical chemistry: properties of ideal and real gases, introductory thermodynamics, solution chemistry of acids, bases and salts and reaction kinetics, including catalysis.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2021 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2022, please view the 2022-23 course information.

Meet our students


In her film, you can watch Forensic and Analytical Science BSc(Hons) student Miranda explore the crime scene facilities at the University of Huddersfield. She also talks about her 'fantastic' placement with West Yorkshire Police. 

Placements


During the MSci degree you will spend year 3 as a placement student, usually salaried, in an industrial laboratory. This is an ideal choice for those who may wish to pursue a career in industry upon graduation. We provide guidance and support to help you secure a placement.

Previous students in the Forensic Science subject area have undertaken placements with IPOS, British Glass, Christeyns UK Ltd, Domino Printing Sciences, Thornton & Ross, West Yorkshire Analytical Services and Yorkshire & The Humber Scientific Support Service CCSI Unit.

During my placement year, I had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of technicians that taught me the value of teamwork.  My confidence grew massively, and I learnt so many new skills that I will carry with me forever.

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Orica Taylor-Cameron, Forensic and Analytical Science BSc(Hons), placement with The University of Huddersfield as a Laboratory Technician.

Your career


As a graduate of this course, you may consider a career in crime scene investigation, forensic pathology, toxicology, clothing damage analysis, bloodstain pattern analysis, forensic technology or forensic anthropology or forensic podiatry, as well as roles in chemistry and analytical chemistry within sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food and drink manufacturers or health.

Previous graduates from courses in this subject area of Forensic Science have gone on to work in roles such as Scientific Officer at Citrefine International Ltd, Quality Control Analyst at Dechra Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing and Analyst at Covance Laboratories Inc.**

*Percentage of graduates from this subject who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates). 

** Graduate Employment Marketing Statistics (GEMS).
90% Graduates employed*

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