Forensic Science and Criminal Justice MSc, by distance learning

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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Total Course Fee

USD 15,863

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  • 27 Months
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
On this part-time, distance learning course you will learn how to evaluate and interpret different forms of forensic evidence and how to consider its relevance to police investigations. You will study the scientific principles and practical application of the many and varied techniques used to forensically examine different evidence types.
  • You will learn how to select the most appropriate techniques for different evidence types, how to interpret the results and how to apply critical analysis to determine what that means in terms of evidential value.
  • The skills and knowledge you will gain on this course will enable you to confidently argue the reasoning behind the interpretation and evaluation of forensic evidence and to demonstrate in a court of law that you are credible as an expert witness.
  • This course is offered in association with the University of Florida and the University of Canberra.

Diplomas and Certificates

  • If you complete all of the modules and a dissertation you will be awarded an MSc. However it is also possible to compete only the modules, without a dissertation, and receive a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), or to complete just the first year modules and receive a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). These are 'exit awards' which means that you cannot apply for them directly; you must apply for the MSc.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject area, e.g. Forensic Science, Chemistry or Biology.
  • We will also consider extensive and relevant work experience, e.g. in the forensic or criminal justice sector.
  • You will be expected to have at least a basic knowledge of physical sciences.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

Year 1

  • The first year will equip you with the basics of understanding how forensic science is used to solve crime and how to analyse critically its use.


  • Crime Scene Examination
  • Trace Evidence Analysis
  • Evidential Value and Interpretation
  • Research Methods

Year 2

  • In your second year you can focus your degree, if you want to, around specialist themes that may be of particular interest to you or your sponsor.

Option modules

You will choose either six modules marked L or three modules marked L plus two modules marked F or C from: 

  • Physical Evidence modules
  • Fingerprint Corrosion of Metal (L)
  • Arson Investigation (L)
  • Forensic Engineering (L)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (F)
  • Blood Distribution and Spatter (F)
  • Environmental Forensics (C)
  • Biological Evidence modules
  • Biological Evidence and Serology (F)
  • Forensic Toxicology (F)
  • Forensic Genetics (F)

Human Remains modules

  • Introduction to Forensic Archaeology (L)
  • Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (L)
  • Forensic Entomology (F)

Management modules

  • Crime Scene Management (L)
  • Forensic Science and Law (L)
  • Intelligence Gathering and Data Mining of Police Data (L)
  • Modules marked L are delivered by the University of Leicester. Modules marked F or C are taught by the University of Florida or the University of Canberra respectively.
  • Dissertation
  • After completing your modules, you will complete a dissertation of approximately 15,000-20,000 words, which may be related to work-based issues you are facing.
  • Your dissertation topic will be chosen from a number of broad fields and should reflect an area of particular interest to you.
  • Your dissertation supervisor will offer regular virtual supervisory sessions, either by phone or online.


  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total fee for the course, including all study materials, tutor support and exams.
  •  You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live. 
  • Starting in September 2021 
  • MSc: £11,495 
  • This fee does not include any visits to the University campus. 
  • If you come to Leicester, some meals and refreshments will be provided but you will otherwise be responsible for your own accommodation, travel and day-to-day expenses. 
  • Find out more about how to pay.
  •  Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan?
  •  Find out if you’re eligible.

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