MSc Forensic Science

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Expand your knowledge in all areas of forensic science, from crime scene to courtroom. Gain hands-on skills with our Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences accredited Masters degree in Cambridge, ready for your future career.

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Why Forensic Science at ARU?

  • Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the professional body for forensic practitioners, giving you maximum opportunity to gain the essential skills for a career in this field.
  • This course is designed and led by an international, multidisciplinary teaching team with expertise in analytical chemistry, toxicology, forensic genetics and crime scene examination.
  • Obtain hands-on experience working in forensic scenarios in our crime scene rooms and SuperLab using the latest specialist equipment, and gain courtroom experience during a mock court session.
  • Take advantage of the knowledge and experience of our expert staff and prepare for employment opportunities spanning law enforcement, forensic science, and other parts of the scientific sector.
  • Engage in research projects and collaborations with industry partners, exploring current forensic challenges through hands-on experiences.

Study our MSc Forensic Science and you’ll be immersed in a practical environment that closely emulates a real scenarios – from crime scene to court room.

You’ll have access to specialist equipment in our Science Centre in Cambridge, where you’ll be taught by experienced forensics academics and practitioners. We’ll support you to gain the practical and analytical skills and expertise required to become a confident and effective forensic scientist.

Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and benefits from our close links to major employers in the forensic science industry both in the private or public sector.

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Specialist labs

At ARU you’ll be based in our Science Centre in Cambridge campus. Some of the facilities that are provided here include:

  • authentic crime scene rooms
  • specialist equipment such as gas chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography (LC) instruments with different detection systems
  • biological analysis instruments including a Nanodrop 1000 spectrophotometer, Qubit fluorometer and real-time PCR system.
  • comparison, polarizing light and confocal microscopes
  • the opportunity to get hands-on experience of analytical techniques including Raman spectroscopy, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy, and microspectrophotometry.
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Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


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The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

The MSc in Forensic Science course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science. Studying on this course qualifies you to become a member of the Society.


This course is enhanced by our excellent working relationships with most of the major employers in the forensic science industry, including the police and fire services.

Accreditation by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, together with our focus on theory and good laboratory practice, analytical measurement and research and management skills, will make you an attractive candidate for employment.

Gaining this Masters degree will open up career opportunities in specialist forensic science laboratories in the chemical, biological, environmental, pharmaceutical and law enforcement industries.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Forensic Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

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