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MSc Forensic Investigation

University of Portsmouth
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

MSc Forensic Investigation

With exciting developments in research, accreditation of frontline practices and a national drive for 'transforming forensics', there's never been a better time to study forensic investigation. On this MSc Forensic Investigation degree course, you'll learn the practical skills and theories that underpin forensic science, from the investigation to the courtroom.

You'll learn key practical skills and and their strategic deployment in the investigation of crime. You'll study current forensic methods in realistic settings, understanding the extent and nature of forensic practices.

This course has been developed with our partners in law enforcement and forensic providers, including Hampshire Constabulary, Key Forensic Services and Forensic Access. So, when you graduate, you'll have all the skills you need for a successful career in the forensic investigation, or related fields, and transferable skills which will support your career development.

Admission requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with strong and relevant work experience will be considered.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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Program content

Core modules

  • Forensic Investigation
  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Research Methods and Research Ethics

Relevant specialist options

  • Applied Forensic Science

Other modules available

  • Countering Fraud and Corruption
  • Crime Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Crisis Management and Governance
  • Cybercrime: Critical Perspectives
  • Dangerous Offenders and Vulnerable Victims
  • Green Criminology and Wildlife Crime
  • International Criminal Justice
  • International Fraud and Corruption
  • Investigation and Psychology
  • Managing Intelligence
  • Managing Investigations
  • Psychology and Offending Behaviour
  • Rehabilitation and Desistence from Crime
  • Security Management
  • Substance Misuse, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Tuition fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £9,200
  • Part time: £4,600 per year

International students

  • Full time: £15,500
  • Part time: £7,750 per year

Career opportunities

When you graduate from this course, you'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in investigation or intelligence work, in the public or private sectors.

Career opportunities include:

  • Policing (as an officer or civilian staff)
  • Crime analysis
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Police Staff Investigator
  • Forensic scientist / analyst
  • Probation
  • The courts and prison service
  • Local authorities
  • Academia and research
  • Charities
  • Private industry
  • Financial investigator
  • Compliance officer
  • Analys

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About this institute

University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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