Social and Applied Sciences

MSc by Research Forensic Investigation

Year of entry

Forensic Investigation is a dynamic discipline combining a wide range of areas and specialisms which are of vital importance in the investigation of crime. The MSc in Forensic Investigation will prepare candidates for various roles within Forensic Investigation and the Criminal Justice system, by developing an in depth practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of a range of techniques and procedures applied to this field. Additionally, the skills learnt through this degree will prepare students for careers in several fields outside of the criminal justice system.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

The MSc by research in Forensic Investigation is part of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. Our Faculty is committed to developing excellent researchers. Several nationally recognised centres exist within the faculty, demonstrating a wide range of research interests.

We strive to deliver high-quality researcher training course rooted in research strengths across the Faculty, providing an innovative and flexible framework in which to develop and exploit the very best postgraduate research training possible. It is hoped our graduates can contribute to a world class natural and social sciences research base that delivers excellence and impact both nationally and internationally, while recognising the advantages of inter-disciplinarity in a world where research questions have become increasingly complex.

This exciting course “develops innovative training provision which cuts across disciplines and works at the boundaries with other scientific traditions”. It explicitly recognises the need to “offer high-quality integrated core provision in research skills and research methods training as well as subject-specific training” while using “flexible and imaginative methods of training provision and delivery”. (ESRC 2009).

It offers you the opportunity to complete an MSc in your chosen subject area over the course of one year (two years if part time).

This course is suitable for students who wish to continue their studies beyond undergraduate level.

The course is ideal if you:

  • may want to continue to doctoral level;
  • wish to enhance your qualifications for career reasons;
  • would like to undertake a research-based, rather than taught Masters;
  • recognise the need for research training in your chosen career;
  • wish to learn in a multi-disciplinary environment.

You will follow a course of advanced study and research under the guidance of academic tutors and supervisors. This specialist supervision is also supplemented by a cross-disciplinary Researcher Development Programme which offers a range of workshops aimed at developing knowledge, approaches and skills needed for researchers to enhance their own research capabilities.

There are several research topics available for this degree, these include (but are not limited to):

  • Development of new approaches to the understanding of Gun Shot Residue (GSR)
  • Development of methods for the enhancement of latent fingermarks
  • Exploring the applicability of several novel inorganic materials as sensors for use in Forensic Investigation
  • Development of new approaches to combat heritage crime
  • Disaster Victim Identification
  • Trace evidence
  • Ballistics
  • Modelling gun-shot damage

Candidates should identify a potential supervisor prior to making an application. Your supervisor will help with formulating the research idea and research proposal. Detailed staff profiles can be found on our website: link to staff profiles.

Alternatively, you can contact Dr Laura Vera Stimpson (laura.vera-stimpson@canterbury.ac.uk) who will help you identify a potential supervisor. 

As a postgraduate research student, you will be part of the research community within the School of law, Criminal Justice and Policing as well as the graduate college and the Post Graduate Research Association (PGRA). There will be many opportunities to meet fellow research postgraduates via workshops and student conferences. There are also several subject specific research group meetings throughout the year and postgraduate events, at which you will be able to present your research, attend seminars, guest lectures, etc., which are designed to enhance both your academic and transferable skills.

You will have regular contact with your supervisory team (research supervisor and chair of studies), who will provide appropriate subject knowledge and general guidance throughout your studies. 

You may choose to focus your research in an area that is not directly covered in one of these clusters; however, your chosen area must be represented in the subject areas approved by the Graduate School so that support and guidance can be provided.

You’ll be expected to outline your proposed topic of research at the application stage. You will be provided with a supervisor upon arrival, agreed by mutual consent. During your first term, in parallel with the taught component of the course, working closely with supervisors, you will develop and enhance your ideas for a final research proposal. You will become part of growing research teams across the University.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time  £4,407 £13,000
Part-time  £2,205 TBC

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

At the end of your independent research, you will write up your findings in the form of a thesis (25,000 – 30,000 words), which will then be examined. On successful completion, you will be awarded your MSc by Research in Forensic Investigation. 

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MSc Research apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020
MSc Research apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020

Further information about the application process and what you will need to do to prepare.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A first class or upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline is required.
  • Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually.

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