King’s College London Forensic Science

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King’s College London Forensic Science

King’s College London Forensic Science

Forensic Science MSc, MRes, PG Dip, PG Cert

The Forensic Science programme will provide you with advanced knowledge of the forensic processes (particularly chemistry and biology) and analytical techniques used in crime investigation. It is the longest-running accredited programme of its type in England.


Key benefits

  • Study programme fully accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
  • A well-established and highly respected forensic science programme with contributions from leading forensic scientists.
  • Strategic alliance with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Directorate and links to many Forensic Science and Drug testing laboratories in the UK, EU and worldwide.
  • Exposure to cutting-edge technology and methodology at the forefront of forensic science research and development.
  • Flexible study pathway with the opportunity to extend your project to 28-week project to gain an extra 30 ECTS and the MRes qualification.
  • Opportunities for specialist research projects in accredited laboratories around the world are available.

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT MSc, 2 years PT MSc, 15 months FT MRes, 30 months PT MRes, 9 months FT PGDip, 21 months PT PGDip, 9 months PT PG Cert

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90 UK 240/ECTS 120

Programme accreditations Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences – accredited course

Course intake 35 FT.

Course leaders Dr Barbara Daniel



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Course detail


Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our Forensic Sciences study programme is the longest-running programme of its type in England, having been first established in 1985.

You will benefit from an advanced and flexible study programme devised and delivered by internationally leading researchers, and recognised forensic providers including our accredited DNA analysis and Drug Control Centre testing laboratories. We also collaborate closely with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Directorate in both teaching and research.

The study programme is made up of optional and required modules. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for the MRes qualification, you will study an extended research module that carries a further 120 credits to complete the course.

Qualification Study – mode Duration Credit


Forensic Science MRes Full-time 15-months 240
Forensic Science MRes Part-time 30-months 240
Forensic Science MSc Full-time 12-months 180
Forensic Science MSc Part-time 24-months 180
Forensic Science Postgraduate Diploma Full-time Nine months 120
Forensic Science Postgraduate Diploma Part-time 21-months 120
Forensic Science Postgraduate Certificate Part-time only Nine-months 60

Further literature

Course format and assessment


For flexibility, a significant proportion of the course will be delivered by narrated PowerPoint. Teaching time includes workshops, group discussions and problem-based learning exercises.  Approximate total contact hours for the taught modules is 360-hours for all apart from the part-time PG Cert for which there are 180-hours.

You are also expected to undertake 840 hours of team and individual study for all apart from the part-time PG Cert for which you are expected to undertake 420 hours.


Current evaluation methods include examinations, MCQs, witness statements, courtroom appearance, crime scene management and assignments.

Assessments are carried out in study teams, with developmental assignment results and feedback discussed at team and class level.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Extra information

You will also need to have either started or completed a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations.


Required Modules

Forensic Science MRes / MSc Pathway

You are also required to complete a research and dissertation module depending on your choice of study pathway:

Part-time Pathway

Year one

Year two

Forensic research and dissertation module depending on your choice of study pathway

Part-time Pathway

Year one or Year two


Forensic Science Postgraduate Diploma Pathway

Part-time Pathway

Year one

Year two

Either Year one or Year two

Forensic Science Postgraduate Certificate Pathway

Optional Modules

Forensic Science Postgraduate Certificate Pathway

You will take an additional 30 credits from a range of modules that may typically include:

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, or similar combination.

Chemistry and Biology qualifications equivalent to UK A-level are also required (applicants with other qualifications may contact Admissions for guidance). Applicants may also be required to complete an Online Test prior to interview

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Applications will be processed upon receipt. Places are offered either directly or after successful completion of an online test (to test basic chemistry and molecular biology knowledge) and interview.  Overseas applicants are advised to apply by March to allow sufficient time for visa application. Places are ascribed on a first come first served basis.Applicants are encouraged to attend the Departmental and College Postgraduate Open Days

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants with degrees in chemistry, analytical chemistry, pharmacology or toxicology are required to provide evidence of at least one course unit in biochemistry. Applicants with degrees in biochemistry or molecular biology are required to provide evidence of at least one course unit in chemistry.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; £14,800 p.a. (MRes, 2017/18)*; £7,300 (PGDip, 2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,800 p.a (MSc 2017/18)*; £30,400 p.a (MRes, (2017/18)*; £15,200 (PGDip, 2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £5,475 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £3,650 (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £3,650 (PGDip, 2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,400 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £7,600 (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £7,600 (PGDip, 2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King’s Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.

Career prospects

Most of our students go on to work in the forensic science sector with forensic service providers within the UK, European and International field being the major employers. Others have taken employment with the Metropolitan Police or crime scene departments of other police forces. Many of our Canadian graduates now work for the RCMP or the Toronto Centre for Forensic Sciences. Some of our students go on to do a PhD either at King’s College London or other universities across the country.