Administered by the NUS Faculty of Science
The NUS Master of Science (MSc) in Forensic Science is a multidisciplinary graduate degree programme, synergising both law and science. Administrated by the NUS Faculty of Science, the programme is designed to nurture leaders in forensic science, and taps on the expertise of both NUS academic units and government agencies to provide a well-rounded education that is current, and also relevant.
The programme is built around a robust curriculum that incorporated feedback from various law enforcement agencies, offering four different specialisation tracks covering the gamut of forensic science. The knowledge and skills you acquire will prepare you to stay ahead in the ever-changing world, where scientific-based information plays an important role in evidence admitted in court.
You can also expect to be taught by faculty who comprise a mix of professors and experienced practitioners still involved in the field. This blend is primed to groom the next generation of leaders in various forensic fields in Singapore such as the Ministry of Home Affairs’ newly launched Science and Technology Agency.
To apply for admissions to the NUS MSc in Forensic Science programme, applicants should possess a bachelor's degree with Honours, a bachelor's degree with at least two (2) years of working experience, or a bachelor's degree with the NUS Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science.
For applicants whose medium of university instruction was not English, they are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by possessing a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 85 (Internet-based), a minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic score of 6.0.
Students are likely to take between 12 and 24 months to complete the programme if they enrol on a full-time basis, or between 24 and 48 months on a part-time basis.
To be awarded the M.Sc. (by coursework) in Forensic Science, the student must successfully complete a programme of study consisting of at least 40 MCs with a minimum CAP of 3.00, which consist of the following:
(i) 24 MCs from the prescribed essential and elective modules list
(ii) 16 MCs from the module FSC5199 Research Project in Forensic Science
Intake & Application Period
Next Intake: August 2021
Application Period Closed By: 18 November 2020 - 15 March 2021
Singaporeans and Singapore PRs may enjoy tuition fee subsidies.
• There is an application fee of $50.
• Apart from tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee (as published by NUS Registrar’s Office) payable every regular semester.
• All fees quoted here are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What kind of new pedagogies should I be expecting in the programme?
The MSc in Forensic Science programme aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles behind the application of scientific techniques in forensic investigations.
In addition, this course aims to provide multidisciplinary knowledge in the various branches of forensic science (such as forensic digital evidence, forensic defense science, advanced crime scene investigation, and forensic psychiatry and psychology).
The programme will involve practical sessions that are purposefully constructed to teach students about real-life applications of forensic techniques. Students will get to think out of the box and learn through experiential hands-on activities to uncover all vital pieces of evidence at simulated crime scenes. These pieces of objective evidence will later serve as tools to exonerate the innocent or incriminate the guilty in moot courts. Students will also have a chance to role-play as crime scene investigators, lawyers, and expert witnesses.
This unique yet immersive curriculum will train students to think analytically and strategically about crime and forensic science, and equip them with transferable skills that are suitable for a wide range of careers.
What are some of the relevant undergraduate disciplines accepted for this programme?
The relevant disciplines would be Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geography, Law, Pharmacy, Physics, Probability and Statistics, Psychology and Social Work.
For applicants without an Honours Degree (four-year degree), two years of relevant work experience is required. What is considered as relevant work experience?
Work experience would be considered relevant if it is in industries such as enforcement and investigations, including if the applicant has worked as a front-line forensics officer, crime scene investigator, paralegal, forensic science laboratory officer, underwriter, forgery investigator, etc.
Who are the faculty in the programme?
The faculty are industry practitioners in the field of criminal justice (including senior prosecutors, forensic scientists, police officers, forensic pathologists, and forensic psychologists). They will share their expertise and experience to give students a holistic overview of the criminal justice system and its many components.
What are the career prospects available to graduates of the programme?
Graduates can look forward to employment as crime scene investigators or officers in the Singapore Police Force, Central Narcotics Bureau, or Singapore Civil Defence Force. Other possible professions include forensic scientist, researcher or educator. Graduates also have the option of furthering their studies in related fields such as law and medicine, or pursuing a PhD. More entrepreneurial graduates have gone ahead to set up their own business ventures.
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