Master in Forensic Science

Forensic science is a new and expanding topic in the field of biomedicine. Biological and chemical analyses are increasingly used in criminal investigations. This means that competence in natural sciences and medicine is needed in criminal investigation departments and laboratories within the legal system.

The Master programme in forensic science offers a unique set of courses. They provide knowledge and competence related to the legal system and toxicology area. The experimental elements of the programme are based on methods and technologies that are used in criminal investigation labs and different types of research labs. A strong connection with research is a common feature of the programme. The courses are based on state-of-the-art international knowledge in forensic science, biology and chemistry.

Students following this programme are expected to subsequently work in criminal investigation departments, in forensic chemistry or forensic genetics labs in the legal system, with research, toxicological analyses or analytical chemistry. The education provides broad knowledge and competence in human genetics, molecular biology, toxicology and chemistry, which means that there is also an employment market in the food, pharmaceutical and biotech industry, and in environment surveillance. The strong link with research prepares the master programme students for continuing their education on the postgraduate level.

Prior knowledge in chemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics is a prerequisite for the advanced studies in forensic genetics, analytical chemistry and toxicology.

The programme is taught entirely in English.

Some of the courses in the programme can be studied as single subject courses. More information can be found on the page with single subject courses.


Programme content:

First semester
Medical Genetics 7,5 credits
Forensic science and criminalistics, 7.5 credits
Forensic genetics and medicine, 15 credits

Second semester
Elective period; Genomic and Epigenomic Medicine (15 credits), Literature Project (15 credits) or Criminology (in Swedish, 15 credits)
Forensic chemistry, 15 credits

Third semester
Analytical toxicology, 30 credits

Fourth semester
Master degree project, 30 credits