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MPhil/PhD Forensic Science

The School of Chemistry at Lincoln aims to bring together research active academic staff and students in a vibrant research-driven environment to develop new chemical innovation and chemists for the future.

The Course

Research students in Forensic Science have the opportunity to work alongside a multidisciplinary team in the School of Chemistry, and can benefit from strong links with industry practitioners.

Students have the opportunity to engage in the work of the Forensic Analysis Research Group, to develop innovative methods and techniques to assist in solving crime and casework-related issues. The team are currently engaged in high-profile studies including collaborative projects with the Centre for Applied Science and Technology at the UK Home Office.

Students have access to a range of training programmes to support them in their independent investigations, and an experienced supervisory team are on hand to offer advice and direction. Ongoing research projects in the School are focused on the chemical analysis of legal highs, DNA analysis in forensic and archaeological contexts, and forensic toxicology.

Our main research areas include:

  • Drug analysis
  • Explosives analysis
  • Fingerprinting science
  • Dye and pigment analysis
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Spectroscopic techniques (including Raman) and separation science
  • Surface analysis

Recent research projects include:

  • Chemical analysis of fingerprints
  • Analysis of legal highs
  • Development of sensors for forensic applications
  • Development of colloids and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)
Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of students' time will be spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on their own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of programme.
A research degree is usually awarded based on the quality of a student’s thesis and their ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic to a group of academics. Students are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Enrolment Dates

To support students' experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February, or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with supervisors on an individual basis.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or upper second class honours degree or an MSc in a relevant subject.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Students have the opportunity to develop the in-depth knowledge and expertise necessary for careers in and across the broad spectrum of chemistry-related industries. This programme aims to provide foundation for further research or a career in teaching or academia.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students have access to the University’s Joseph Banks Laboratories and Science Building, which offer specialist laboratory and teaching spaces. High-specification equipment is available including nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, chromatography, electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

At the heart of student life is the Great Central Warehouse Library which provides access to more than 250,000 journals and 400,000 print and electronic books, as well as databases and specialist collections.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.