MSci Forensic Science with Criminology

Would you like to gain an insight into criminal profiling and crime scene investigation, while exploring how and why crimes are committed?

Our four-year MSci course offers study of subjects such as crime scene analysis and management, and advanced physical evidence analysis. You’ll complete an independent forensic science research project and you can study for a PRINCE2 Foundation qualification in project management.

Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the MSci Forensic Science with Criminology allows you to explore your interests in the scientific and forensic investigation of crime, while exploring the nature, consequences and prevention of criminal behaviour.

You’ll be introduced to many traditional fields of crime scene analysis, including the scientific investigations of fires and homicides, plus a range of approaches from the field of chemistry.



UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
3K2B Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
3K2B Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A

Our four-year MSci Forensic Science with Criminology course offers study of subjects such as crime scene analysis and management, and advanced physical evidence analysis. You’ll complete an independent forensic science research project and you can study for a PRINCE2 Foundation qualification in project management.

You will explore crime scene investigation and the criminal justice sector with analytical and forensic investigations, to provide a full scientific and statistical evaluation of evidence. What's more, you'll study relationships between professionals in the criminal justice sector, including how forensic scientists work alongside police forensic teams and the wider criminal justice sector to achieve successful prosecutions. 

Year One: MSci Forensic Science with Criminology DegreeIntroduction to Forensic Science

  • Introduction to Criminalistics
  • Understanding Crime, Criminals and Victims
  • Understanding Criminal Justice
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Key Skills for Forensic Practitioners

Year Two: MSci Forensic Science with Criminology Degree

  • Forensic Evidence
  • Policing
  • Penology: Prisons and Offender Management
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Volume Crime Scene Investigation

Year Three: MSci Forensic Science with Criminology Degree

  • Critical Issues in Criminal Investigation
  • Comparative Criminology
  • Forensic Microscopy
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Research, Employability and Professional Skills

Year Four: MSci Forensic Science with Criminology Degree

  • Analytical Toxicology
  • Crime Scene Management and Evidence Analysis
  • Project Design, Management and Enterprise
  • Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Casework
  • Laboratory Research Project


Modules in years one to three are taught linearly across three academic terms, meaning that you will usually receive a lecture in each module every week, allowing you to build up your knowledge throughout the year. This will also be supplemented by practical work in our Crime Scene House or in our laboratories, and especially in year one, small group tutorials to offer you extra academic study support.

In years two and three, we encourage a greater level of independent directed study, and there is greater time spent developing your analytical skills in our laboratories.

In year four, modules are taught through the block-mode approach, meaning study is more intensive, and is focussed upon one module at one time. This allows you to conduct longer, more involved practicals and research-style experiments to gain greater exposure to these higher level skills. The research project is usually taken over the summer in year four.


You will be assessed using a broad range of methods which will focus upon your academic knowledge and practical and vocational skills, including written laboratory reports, evidence case files, expert witness style statements, online tests, short essays and in-term and end of year formal examinations and tests.

You will also create a written scientific dissertation in year four which is evidence of the outcomes of your research project. Oral presentations and cross-examinations also form part of the assessment methods to encourage you to develop your communication skills for the workplace and the courtroom. You will also complete a PRINCE2 foundation examination in year four.


The MSci Forensic Science with Criminology programme is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


You will train in our Forensic Science facilities where you will learn key skills in our purpose-built laboratories and in our scenes of crime house.

You'll gain practical experience using state-of-the-art instrumentation scenarios found in modern forensic analysis laboratories, plus comprehensive training in crime scene investigation protocols by conducting casework-based experiments and processing simulated scenarios in our Crime Scene House on campus.


Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical Access to HE Offer

An Access to Higher Education Diploma Science with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes to include Biology and Chemistry modules

Typical A-Level Offer

BBC to include Chemistry and another Science but to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BB at A Level to include Chemistry and another Science but to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant subject to include Chemistry modules

Typical IB Offer

30 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include Higher Level Biology and another Science grade 5

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Employment prospects for those with a MSci Forensic Science with Criminology degree are very good. You will have a much increased set of practical skills to offer employers, including skills in research, method development and project management Analytical Scientists such as forensic scientists have a wealth of career opportunities available to them in the field of forensics and elsewhere. We would anticipate that most graduates will obtain positions as scientists in laboratories with forensic science service providers such as in toxicology or physical evidence examination laboratories, or related analytical industries where quality assurance and the use of instrumentation for analyte quantification or detection plays a significant part of the process.

With experience and employment, graduates should have the scope to aspire to becoming reporting scientists, expert witnesses or laboratory managers. Good analytical scientists have the capacity to work in the area, and in teaching or research. Additionally, your background in criminology should allow you to further study within this subject area in terms of research, or work in the wider criminal justice sector.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW Forensic Science student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.