MSc in Forensic Science

The University of West Indies - Mona Campus

Program Description

MSc in Forensic Science

The University of West Indies - Mona Campus

MSc in Forensic Science


  1. Forensic Chemistry
  2. Forensic Molecular Biology
  3. Forensic Pathology & Anthropology
  4. Forensic Toxicology

Programme Objectives

On completion of this programme students are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the areas that are essential to forensic science
  2. Apply basic forensic science concepts to problem solving necessary for success in a modern forensic science laboratory
  3. Demonstrate professional values, concepts and ethics
  4. Provide expert testimony in the court
  5. Demonstrate integration of knowledge and skills through a variety of experiences and Tools such as comprehensive examinations, thesis, and research project.

Entry Requirements

The minimal admission criteria for the program are outlined below:

  1. BSc degree with a minimal cumulative GPA of 2.0 (Lower Second Class Honours) from a recognized post-secondary institution or;
  2. Medical Degree (Candidates for Forensic Pathology and Anthropology)

The following coursework must have been passed at the undergraduate level:

  1. Two semesters of Level-1 Chemistry. Two semesters of Level-2 Chemistry (including Analytical Chemistry) for candidates intending to pursue Forensic Chemistry.
  2. One semester of Statistics/Biostatistics.
  3. Two semesters of Level-1 Biology/Genetics

Duration of programme

12 months Full Time OR 18 months Part Time

Programme Structure

The programme combines rigorous scientific and laboratory training with exposure to the breath of forensic science disciplines and further specialization in one of the following four areas: forensic chemistry, forensic molecular biology, forensic pathology and anthropology, and forensic toxicology. Students will also be trained in statistical evaluation of forensic evidence, legal testimony related to testing procedures, results and interpretations, proper chain of custody procedures, expert witness courtroom testimony, report writing, good laboratory practices and the value of professional ethics. The format will include lectures, practical sessions, seminars, tutorials and a research project.

The Master of Science degree requirements are met upon satisfactory completion of the minimum of 37 credits of which 24 credits make up the core courses for all disciplines. Thirteen (13) credits are specific to the disciplines of forensic chemistry, forensic molecular biology, forensic pathology and anthropology, or forensic toxicology. Students are allowed to take an additional 6 credits outside the area of their specialization.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
12 - 18 months
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Start date Sept. 2016
Jamaica Mona
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Duration 12 - 18 months
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