How the Course Works
You can transfer to the MSci route at the end of stage 3 of the BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences programme if you’re eligible (based on GPA at stage 3). To remain on the MSci route, you need to successfully complete the stage 4 modules.
The MSci year can only be entered on successful completion of years one to four of Abertay’s BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences programme (please see entry requirements for specific details about progression criteria.)
The award title for successful completion of this degree is ‘MSci in Forensic and Analytical Science’.
Please visit our BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences programme page for more information about Year 1 and 2 entry requirements, which would lead to the MSci progression option.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between an MSc and an MSci?
An MSc is a postgraduate Master of Science programme, whereas an MSci is an undergraduate Master of Science programme. When studying an MSci, you’ll begin by learning BSc level content before progressing to MSc level content in your final year. For this reason, the MSci is referred to as an ‘integrated undergraduate Master of Science programme’.
An MSci is typically more vocational in style, which means you’ll learn in a ‘hands-on’ manner through either internal or external work placements, research projects and laboratory work in your final year.
Can I study the MSci year if I’ve graduated with a BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences from another University?
Unfortunately, we’re unable to accept students who wish to study the MSci year only. This is a condition of the programme’s accreditation from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Can I study BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Technology or BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at Abertay and then complete the MSci in Forensic and Analytical Science?
Only students who study BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences at Abertay are eligible to apply for our MSci in Forensic and Analytical Science.
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science students are eligible to apply for our MSci in Biomedical Science programme.
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Technology students are currently not eligible to apply for either of our MSci programmes. This may be subject to change in the future.
Will the programme fees be covered by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)?
Yes. This is because the MSci is classed as an ‘undergraduate’ Masters of Science. This is subject to individual student circumstances so please check with SAAS directly.
Learning and Assessment
On studying this programme, you’ll:
- Gain advanced knowledge and understanding in the fields of forensic sciences, crime scene investigation, forensic biology, forensic chemistry, and supporting topics
- Have the opportunity to develop skills as researchers in a structured placement (industry or academia)
- Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of leading research in the field of forensic and analytical sciences
- Develop the ability to produce and defend an innovative research proposal that has impact
- Develop confident communication skills
- Develop a culture of personal responsibility for professional and personal development
Your final award will be graded based on the GPA achieved throughout years four and five (50% each).
This programme is professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSoFS), which means you’re eligible to apply for associate membership upon graduating. This programme is taught by practitioners who’ve come directly from the industry, as well as forensic researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields.
On completion of the programme, you’ll graduate with a Masters level qualification and the prerequisites for Registered Scientist recognition by the Science Council.