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University of South Wales

Forensic Biology

UCAS Code: C268

Master of Science - MSci

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Forensic biology

Forensic science

Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the MSci Forensic Biology course covers all of the core aspects of forensic science, from crime scene to court, but with a focus on the human body in years two and three, and a greater emphasis on analytical toxicology, advanced DNA analysis and the interpretation, evaluation and presentation of simulated casework related evidence in year four. As well as having the opportunity to complete a PRINCE2 Foundation level qualification in project management, the MSci Forensic Biology should make you highly employable within these core but highly specialised fields of forensic science.

Our MSci Forensic Biology degree allows you to combine bachelors and masters level modules into one course. There are many personal benefits in achieving an MSci qualification – fast-tracking your career, a wider range of career pathways, greater financial rewards and a wider range of employability skills to put on your CV including research, project management and instrument maintenance.

Modules

By taking the MSci Forensic Biology course, you will have the opportunity to gain a highly valued education from a provider of forensic science degree courses by learning from practitioners and researchers. Designed around Professional Body criteria and quality benchmark requirements, this course will contain all of the core elements required for a good quality forensic science education which is also enriched by the expertise and experience of our staff.

Our MSci Forensic Biology will offer students to specialise in the structure, regulations and biochemical processes that occur in the body naturally and as a result of a crime, with key study strands including human molecular genetics and DNA profiling. Whilst especially designed to allow you to enter careers in the field of forensic biology, the common aspects of the course will allow you to also compete for career opportunities in a vast range of forensic and biological science laboratories and wider criminal justice positions.

In years one to three of the course, you will study the core aspects of within our crime scene investigation, evidence examination and interpretation and courtroom skills, but will specialise in areas including biological and forensic anthropology, pharmacology and clinical biochemistry, endocrinology, medical microbiology, molecular genetics and DNA analysis.

Practical work, method development, quality assurance, instrument maintenance and research skills dominate the year four curriculum. Study a year four module in Project Design, Management and Enterprise leading to a PRINCE2 Foundation Qualification, illustrating not only your project management capabilities but your entrepreneurial side.

Year One: MSci Forensic Biology Degree
Introduction to Forensic Science
Introduction to Criminalistics
Introduction to Forensic Biology
Organic Chemistry
Biological Chemistry
Mathematics Workshop
Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists
Year Two: MSci Forensic Biology Degree
Forensic Evidence
Volume Crime Scene Examination
Analytical Chemistry
Metabolism and Biochemistry
Molecular Biology and an Introduction to Forensic Genetics
Medical Microbiology
Year Three: MSci Forensic Biology Degree
Human Variation and Forensic Anthropology
Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology
Human Molecular Genetics and Forensic DNA Analysis
Forensic Microscopy and X-ray Analysis
Toxicology
Research Professional Practice and Employability in Forensic Sciences
Year Four: MSci Forensic Biology Degree
Analytical Toxicology
Advanced DNA Profiling and Analysis
Project Design, Management and Enterprise
Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Casework
Laboratory Research Project

The Uni


Course location:

Pontypridd

Department:

Applied Sciences

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What students say


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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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