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Forensic Bioscience

This Masters-level Forensic Bioscience course from Liverpool John Moores University is ideal for forensic science practitioners and science graduates. You will have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities plus a research-informed curriculum.

- Suitable for Forensic Science practitioners and science graduates, this course is informed by research and industry links
- Enjoy access to state-of-the-art laboratories, crime scene facilities and a moot room
- Learn from forensic anthropologists, biologists, crime scene and fire investigation specialists and leading in-house academics
- Benefit from a local, national or international work placement
- Develop transferrable skills in legal matters and research methods and specialise in your chosen area
- Complete this masters degree in one year (full time)

Entry requirements

MSc: You will need an Honours degree (minimum 2.2) in a relevant science, including forensic science.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

•Forensic Bioscience
Combines theory and practical work in post mortem interval determination, entomology, microbiology and pathology.

•Law and Court Room Skills
Discusses the criminal justice systems under which a forensic scientist may work and examines expert witness testimony. Aspects of regulation and quality assurance are touched upon.

•Research Methods
Covers grant application, critical appraisal of leading research and data interpretation and evaluation. This leads naturally into the dissertation.

•Bioanalytical Techniques
Examines state-of-the-art biomolecular techniques, including DNA and protein analysis. Commonly used techniques in the forensic field will be critically analysed and performed along with emerging techniques which can form the basis of the dissertation or further postgraduate study.

•Taphonomy and Trauma Analysis
Examines decomposition processes and trauma analysis.

The Dissertation research themes are led by staff and PhD students. Students are encouraged to present their research at conferences.

The following options are typically offered:
•Fire Investigation
Offers specialist knowledge of fire and explosive analysis both at the crime scene and in terms of analytical techniques.

•Trace Evidence Analysis
Teaches you to identify, differentiate and analyse different types of trace evidence using advanced techniques. Microscopy, including SEM (EDX) and atomic force, form the basis of the practical analysis performed, along with other techniques.

Assessment methods

Each module has specific learning objectives which are formally assessed. The modes of assessment are diverse and include a mix of formal exams and coursework. Coursework may take many forms including: Paper analysis; scientific reports; dissertations; court room presentations; expert witness statements. Most modules have a combination of coursework tasks to provide a balanced schedule of activities during the year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 6,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 14,450 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 14,450 (Year 1) International 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,100 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 Years

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