Social and Applied Sciences

MPhil, PhD Forensic Investigation

Year of entry

Forensic Investigation is a vibrant and dynamic field involving a range of different disciplines and specialisms, which are of vital importance within the criminal justice system. Choosing a PhD will allow for you to undertake your own original research within your chosen area. You are encouraged to take advantage of the multiple specialisms within this field and discuss your research ideas with a potential supervisor prior to making an application. Your supervisor will help with formulating the research idea and research proposal. The School also offers a PhD by Portfolio in Forensic Investigation with further information available here. Detailed staff profiles can be found on our website here

Alternatively, you can contact Dr Laura Vera Stimpson ( who will help in identifying a potential supervisor.

Throughout your PhD, you will work alongside fellow postgraduate students and research active academics with a passion for Forensic Investigation, whilst having the opportunity to present and discuss your research at several formal and informal events. Additionally, you will carry out your research in our new state-of-the-art research facilities in the heart of Canterbury.

During your PhD, you will be part of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. Our Faculty is committed to developing excellent researchers by delivering high-quality researcher training courses 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.


Available MPhil and PhD supervisors


Dr Laura Vera-Stimpson

  • Development of new approaches to understanding the distribution of Gun Shot Residue (GSR).
  • New approaches to the enhancement of latent fingermarks
  • Synthesis and characterization of novel inorganic materials


How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

Find out how to apply for a research degree.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
PhD Thesis apply
Canterbury 3 years full-time September 2020
PhD Thesis apply
Canterbury 5 years part-time September 2020

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Entry requirements

  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.




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