Forensic chemistry is the application of scientific knowledge and investigation to law enforcement. From identifying substances to analysing crime scenes, the skills of a forensic chemist often play a vital role in criminal investigations. This course offers a comprehensive study of chemistry integrated with forensic specialisms, including DNA analysis, fire debris analysis and forensic toxicology, so students can develop an in-depth understanding of forensic chemistry and fundamental science. For an MChem student, the study experience is extended through a full-year placement with one of the University’s industry or overseas partners, or in one of our research groups. Placements are conducted alongside advanced academic study, focusing on research frontiers in chemistry. The School of Chemistry takes a research-centred approach to teaching and learning, and students have the chance to work with academics on collaborative research projects.
The first year of this course aims to provide students with a foundation in chemistry, including laboratory work, mathematics and statistics, as well as the principles of forensic science and crime scene investigation. In year two, students have the opportunity to explore more advanced aspects of forensic chemistry and are introduced to key areas of advanced crime scene methods and trace evidence. In year three, students may choose from modules of personal interest, including fire and explosion investigation, nuclear forensics and bioterrorism and drugs of abuse. In the MChem fourth year, students complete a full-year placement with one of the University’s industry or overseas partners, or in one of our research groups. Placements are conducted alongside advanced academic study, focusing on research frontiers in chemistry. For the most up to date module information, please visit the course page for this programme on our website. Some programmes provide you with the opportunity to focus your study in a particular area through optional modules. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of some optional modules to some students. As the options often reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.
The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples. Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
- Year 4
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications. We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
English language requirements
In addition to meeting the academic requirements, Overseas students will also be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Please visit our English language requirements page for a full list of the English qualifications we accept: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can find more information about the wide range of international qualifications we accept by visiting our entry requirements and your country page:
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
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