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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/PG Certificate

Advanced Forensic Analysis

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Applied Sciences
One year full time
Programme leader:
Helen Green
Key fact:
A flexible and highly vocational postgraduate programme, accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, for those looking to enhance skills and knowledge to support careers in forensic science.

Page last updated 26 May 2017


UWE Bristol is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the leading centres for education in forensic science.

Our MSc Advanced Forensic Analysis course is designed to give you an advanced understanding of the main areas of forensic science and is unlike any other postgraduate course in forensic science, in that it covers in more depth all of the areas touched on in UWE Bristol's undergraduate courses. There are modules in all three key areas of forensic science: biology, chemistry and crime scene science and we also offer a module covering more advanced aspects of research and statistics. You can base your in-depth research project aspect of the programme at UWE Bristol's Forensic Analysis department, or on placement with one of our partner forensic providers. These include West Technology or Mass Spec Analytical, and local fire services that rely on the analytical skills you'll develop.

Expert training in well-equipped facilities

The department has an excellent bio- sensors research team, which supports this study programme and offers wider perspectives on the role of a forensic scientist. 

Through your studies, you will follow evidence from the crime scene, through laboratory examination and analysis, to writing a report for court and giving evidence in a courtroom situation with examination-in-chief and cross examination.

The course offers excellent preparation for doctorate-levels studies.

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All students study the following core modules:

  • Advanced Crime Scene Science - A study of complex crime scenes using UWE Bristol's very own Crime Scene House and vehicle examination area. You can also examine a crime scene following a simulated arson incident.
  • Forensic Biology and Genetics - Considering a wide range of types of biological evidence with an emphasis on DNA profiling, including advanced topics such as the interpretation of mixed profiles.
  • Forensic Analysis and Toxicology - A study of advanced issues in analytical science that relate to the main chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques with a particular focus on sampling and sample preparation, and interpretation of results. This is especially important in the field of Forensic Toxicology, which features prominently in this module.
  • Research Methods and Practical Skills - Preparation for planning and carrying out your research project, including statistical analysis techniques.
  • Research Project - An independent laboratory-based project in an area linked to the core areas of the taught course.

The research project is undertaken for the MSc award. Students carry out the project supervised by specialist subject tutors at UWE Bristol, or on placement with one of our partner forensic providers.

Students who complete all taught modules successfully, but do not undertake the research project, achieve a Postgraduate Diploma.

Students who complete the Forensic Biology and Genetics module successfully, plus any one of the other modules on the course, achieve a Postgraduate Certificate.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Study time

One year full time.


We assess each taught module through written examinations and coursework. Coursework may be in the form of a case study, practical report, poster or oral presentation. One assessment involves collecting evidence from a mock crime scene, examining it in the laboratory, and providing a written report as you would for a court, plus examination-in-chief and cross examination in a mock courtroom.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Please visit for a definitive list of accredited courses.

Study facilities

You'll have access to the specially modified Crime Scene House, which can be adapted to mimic the conditions typically found at a variety of crime scenes.

The two-bedroom house, which also includes a bathroom, kitchen and lounge, gives you authentic experience of what you might encounter as a forensics professional following a range of incidents and scenarios for example, a burglary, murder or abduction. There is CCTV and two-way communication in all the rooms, along with a control suite to allow live feedback from observing instructors. We can record sessions for analysis and evaluation an excellent learning tool.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.


Careers / Further study

Our postgraduate course in Advanced Forensic Analysis is highly regarded by forensic science employers it feeds into analytical careers and into specialisms such as DNA analysis. It is also ideal preparation for PhD routes, and UWE Bristol has excellent links with institutions providing doctorate-level programmes in forensic analysis. They use our departmental facilities for aspects of their research.

Graduates have gone on to work with our local partner providers, and in roles that include DNA analyst, forensic chemist and Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO).

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
International-Full Time-Award Fee14000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1167

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.

See details of scholarship opportunities for international students.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at admissions@uwe.ac.uk so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Entry requirements

Students who have graduated with a minimum of a lower second class honours degree from a course accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science (CSFS) in the three relevant component standards (Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence, Crime Scene Investigation and Laboratory Analysis) may apply for direct entry to the course.

The course has been specifically designed for graduates from Forensic Science courses accredited by the CSFS (in CSI, Lab analysis and IEFE) and such graduates (with a minimum of a 2:2 classification) can be accepted directly onto the course. 

Graduates from other course (either non-accredited courses or related science disciplines such as Chemistry or Biology) will need to contact us to agree a programme of study prior to commencing this MSc course. .

Applicants will be interviewed (either in person or by video conference or telephone) to confirm the nature of any study required prior to enrolling on the MSc course.

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