Most crime scenes have traces that can be important evidence in a crime scene investigation. A genetic, chemical or toxicological analysis can play a critical role in an investigation and may lead to a conviction in court. The advanced and constantly improved methods for analysing technical evidence make Forensic Science a growing field. The Master’s Programme in Forensic Science will enable you to meet the increasing need for forensic competence and research, but the knowledge can also be used within many other fields.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
The aim of the Master’s Programme in Forensic Science is to give you broad as well as deep knowledge within the field of forensic science. Several of the laboratory exercises in the programme are connected to criminalistics and based on novel research. The methods are, however, generally used in many other areas apart from forensic science, for example food industry, medicine, environmental monitoring and biotech industry. You will also be trained in critical thinking and analysis of information and results, which are important skills in all scientific areas. The programme is thus a broad education with close ties to research.
The programme gives you in-depth understanding of applications of biomedical knowledge in the legal system. This includes knowledge of medical genetics, criminalistics, forensic genetics, forensic medicine, law, criminology and analytical chemistry.
During the programme you can expect to:
- learn to independently carry out investigations and apply statistical methods and evaluate your results.
- have access to excellent laboratory facilities.
- meet the increasing need for forensic competence and research.
The Master’s Programme in Forensic Science received the highest possible quality credential in the latest evaluation by the Swedish Higher Education Authority.
You have a strong foundation in biology with chemistry courses in the mix or a chemistry background that includes molecular biology. During your Bachelor’s studies you gained experience from laboratory exercises so, at least, you are comfortable working in the lab. You might even have some practical experience working in the field after graduation but not so long that you have forgotten your broad theoretical base and study techniques. Now you want a broad international education that can lead you in many directions including for example criminalistics, molecular biology, toxicology or analytical chemistry.
You are extremely motivated and have confidence in your own ability and knowledge. You have a naturally analytical attitude and are able and willing to express your thoughts in both writing and speaking. Talking and writing in English is not a problem for you and you expect a mutual exchange in an international environment with different experiences and knowledge.
A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about and you would value an opportunity to get in closer contact with current research by working in a research group while doing your Master’s. Starting to work right after graduation is also something you are considering so you also appreciate the possibility to apply your knowledge in an internship in the industry. You like to keep your options open for now.
The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Forensic Science as the main field of study.
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be in molecular biology, biomedicine, chemistry, biology, or a similar field of study that includes at least 15 credits in chemistry and biochemistry as well as 15 credits in cell biology, molecular biology and genetics. Also required is knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in life sciences.
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies with emphasis on grades in relevant fields;
- a statement of purpose; and
- a summary in English (1-2 pages) of a degree project t, or a similar project performed during the Bachelor’s studies.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000
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