Master in Forensic Science

Uppsala University
Master's Degree
Study mode
2 years
February September
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Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time study) in immunology, biomedicine, chemistry, biotechnology, biology or similar fields giving relevant knowledge in cell and molecular biology, chemistry as well as biochemistry. Knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in life science are required.
  • Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test with the following minimum scores:
    • 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


  • Semester 1 of the programme starts with a course in Medical Genetics where you will develop your understandings of Genetic inheritance, how genetic diseases arise and how these are diagnosed, as well as get an overview of the techniques used in genetic analysis and research. This is followed by an introduction to the field of forensic science and crime scene analyses where lectu­rers from crime scene units in the police organisation will provide you with insight into their work and methods. This is followed by the course Forensic Genetics and Forensic Medicine. You will learn how forensic medical investi­gations and analyses are performed. In the forensic genetics part you will gain knowledge about molecular biological methods used for crime scene investigations. You will participate in laboratory work and learn how to make use of DNA databases and statistics in assessing results. You will also participate in a seminar series for Master’s students of the medical ­faculty.
  • Semester 2 starts with an elective period of ten weeks where you can choose to take the course Genomic and Epigenomic Medicine, do a literature project, or (if you are fluent in Swedish) take a course in criminology at Stockholm University. This will be followed by the course Forensic Chemistry, which will provide you with insights into the different crime scene analyses based on analytical chemistry. You will also practise methods for analysing traces from crime scenes, using traditional and new analytical technologies.
  • During Semester 3 you will add depth to your knowledge of toxicology and analytical chemistry. The course Analytical Toxicology includes: toxicology, analytical chemistry, and acute poisoning. The thread running through the course is various types of exposures, which ”will be discussed”, on the one hand, from a toxicological perspective (underlying mechanisms and risk assessment/safety evaluation), and, on the other hand, an analytical chemistry perspective (focusing on taking samples, separation, and detection). You will also carry out an individual project that you will present orally and in writing.
  • In semester 4 you will conclude your programme with an individual degree project, to be carried out in a crime laboratory, in a company, at a university, or governmental agency. You can also carry out your degree project abroad and choose from a wide range of topics (not restricted to forensic science).

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