Master’s studies

Master Programme in Forensic Science 2018/2019

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Most crime scenes have traces that can be important evidence in a crime scene investigation. A genetic, chemical or toxicological analysis can thus play a critical role and aid in a conviction in court. The advanced and constantly improved methods for analysing tech­nical evidence make Forensic Science a growing field. The Master Programme in Forensic Science will enable you to meet the increasing need for forensic competence and research, but the knowledge can also be used within the industry or in the public sector.

Why this programme?

The aim of the Master Programme in Forensic Science is to give you broad as well as deep knowledge within the field of forensic science. Several of the laboratory components in the courses are handling forensic questions and are based on novel research. The methods are, however, generally used in many other areas apart from forensic science. You will also be trained in critical thinking and analysis of information and results, which are important skills in all scientific areas. The programme is thus a broad education with close ties to research.

The Master Programme in Forensic Science received the highest possible quality credential in the latest evaluation by the Swedish Higher Education Authority.


The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Forensic Science as the main field of study.


Year 1
Semester one of the Master Programme in Forensic Science starts with a course in medical genetics where you will learn about genetic inheritance, how genetic diseases arise and how they are diagnosed, and the techniques used in genetic analysis and research. This is followed by a course in forensic science and crime scene analyses where lectu­rers from the Police and law enforcement will provide you with insight into their work and methods. This is followed by the course Forensic Genetics and Medicine, where you will learn how forensic medical investi­gations and analyses are performed. In the forensic genetics course you will gain knowledge about forensic DNA analysis and molecular genetics methods. You will participate in laboratory work and learn how to make use of databases and statistics for evaluation of DNA results. You will also participate in a seminar series on professional training for all Master’s students at the medical ­faculty during this semester.

Semester two starts with an elective period of ten weeks where you can choose for example the course Genomic and Epigenomic Medicine, perform a literature project in forensic biology, 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 criminalistics analyses based on analytical chemistry. You will also practice various methods for analysing traces from crime scenes, using traditional and new analytical technologies.

Year 2
During semester three you will add depth to your knowledge of toxicology, analytical chemistry and acute poisoning in the course Analytical Toxicology includes. The theme of the course which will be discussed is the various types of toxic exposures, 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 four you will conclude the programme with an individual degree project, which can be carried out in a crime laboratory, in a company, at a university, or a governmental agency (in Sweden or abroad). You can also carry out your degree project abroad and choose from a wide range of different areas (The topic is not restricted to forensic science).

Courses within the programme

Semester 1
Medical Genetics, 7.5 credits
Forensic Science and Criminalistics, 7.5 credits
Forensic Genetics and Medicine, 15 credits

Semester 2
Elective period, 15 credits
Forensic Chemistry, 15 credits

Semester 3
Analytical Toxicology, 30 credits

Semester 4
Degree Project, 30 credits

Learning experience

The Master Programme in Forensic Science is given in an international and small group (approximately 20 students), and the instruction is comprised of lectures, project work, laboratory work, group instruction, demonstrations and study visits. You will work with compilation of information from laboratory work, evaluate scientific articles and learn to critically review methods and your own data. Your achievements will be assessed by examinations, seminars and project works. The programme requires full-time studies in Uppsala.

Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled sessions including demonstrations, group instructions, seminars, laboratory work and demonstration of an autopsy.

A compulsory seminar series with lectures about, for example, presentation techniques, research ethics and bioethics is given during the first semester.

The programme is given entirely in English.


The Master Programme in Forensic Science is intended for those wishing to broaden and deepen their earlier knowledge in biology and chemistry with an orientation towards topics within forensic and toxicological analysis. The broad competence in forensic biology, toxicology, and chemistry prepares you for work in many types of laboratories. The programme also provides you with additional knowledge of human genetics, molecular biology, toxicology and analytical chemistry, which paves the way for careers in crime laboratories, food industry, pharmaceutical industry, environmental monitoring and biotechnology industry. The programme further prepares you for continued PhD studies (research level).


Among the applicants fulfilling the entry and programme-specific requirements, there will be a selection based on their qualifications specified on a CV form. After you have completed your application online at, download and fill out the programme-specific CV form. The CV form and all supporting documentation must then be uploaded on by 1 February.

A second application period is open between 15 March and 16 April. This round is only for students who are citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland who do not require a Swedish residence permit to study in Sweden. Admission results will not be published until the beginning of July, which means that non-EU, EEA, or Swiss students who apply for and are admitted to the programme during the second application period will not have time to arrange a Swedish residence permit before the start of the programme. Applications must be made through the Swedish application system, For more information, please contact the programme coordinator before applying.

Master Programme in Forensic Science

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M3801 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be in molecular biology, biomedicine, chemistry, biology, or a similar field of study that includes at least 15 ECTS in chemistry and biochemistry as well as 15 ECTS in cell biology, molecular biology and genetics. Also required is knowledge and practical experience of laboratory experiments in life sciences.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • 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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies with emphasis on grades in relevant fields;
  • a statement of purpose; and
  • a summary in English (1-2 pages) of a degree project.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources

Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20

Rudbecklaboratoriet, 751 85 Uppsala

For programme-specific information, please contact: Marie Allen

Telephone: +46 18 471 48 03

Fax: +46 18 471 48 08

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