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Forensic Science PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 14 Forensic Science PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

A PhD in Forensic Science will enable you to conduct in-depth research into the application of scientific methods in the field of forensics.

What's it like to study a PhD in Forensic Science?

Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you'll work towards an extended thesis that will make an original contribution to the field of Forensic Science. You'll have the opportunity to gain training in forensic skills at specialist forensics facilities, meaning you'll be ready to take your research to a wider audience by the end of your programme.

Possible research areas include:

  • Forensic biology
  • Forensic genetics
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Forensic medicine
  • Forensic computing

Your research might involve working with biological and chemical material at the crime scene, such as the DNA of blood, fibres and gunshot residues. You could be developing new methods to detect and identify evidence from crime scenes in order to help with the police investigation process.

If you're considering a PhD in Forensic Science, it might also be worth considering a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, as the two areas are closely related.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Forensic Science

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Forensic Science is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry or Forensic Science. You may occasionally be able to enter a programme with a 3rd class degree if you have a Masters with merit, although this is less common.

PhD in Forensic Science funding options

The main body funding PhDs in Forensic Science in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Projects are funded by a doctoral loan, which is partial coverage of your tuition fee and a living cost stipend.

Some PhDs in Forensic Science have a project funding attached, meaning you'll automatically be awarded funding if you're successful in your application. If you're proposing your own research, you may want to consider the option of having your own independent funding, which you can either apply for separately, or attach to your application if possible.

PhD in Forensic Science careers

Forensic scientists work in a range of sectors, from law enforcement and crime scene investigation, to DNA analysis and digital forensics. You could work for the police, the military or the government, or in forensics at a hospital or as a private consultant.

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Development of an Innovative, Modern Approach to Luminescent Forensic Security Materials Utilising Ionic Liquid Technology

Project ID. SST_2_2. Counterfeiting money has existed for as long as money has been in use. However, gone are the days of shaving coins or engraving a printing press, as modern technologies like digital printing and graphic arts have made it easier to forge items like banknotes and important documents. Read more

Fully-Funded PhD Positions in 13 Cutting-Edged Fields at Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s Top Academic Institution

Academia Sinica's Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP@AS) provides over 100 funded Ph.D. scholarships in 13 interdisciplinary programs ranging from physical sciences, life sciences to social sciences and the humanities. Read more

Archaeology and Ancient History - Practice Based PhD

Practice-Based PhD in Archaeology and/or Ancient History – Tuition Fee waivers available for 4 UK and 1 international. The School of Archaeology and Ancient History are inviting applications for five doctoral students to commence a practice-based PhD from September 2023. Read more

Deep Learning and Computer Vision for Forensic Analysis and the Interpretation of Footwear Marks.

Footwear marks – impressions left by the sole of a shoe – are a key evidence type used to associate footwear to a place where a criminal activity may have occurred or as an intelligence tool used to link places together. Read more

PhD in Developing and Validating Micro-CT for Human Trauma Analysis

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick is pleased to announce the availability of a three-year fully funded PhD research programme in collaboration with West Midlands Police in micro-CT imaging. Read more

Medicine Counterfeiting and Population Safety

In October 2022 at least 69 children died unexpectedly from acute kidney injuries in the West African nation of Gambia. A common element linking all these children was the intake of paracetamol containing products for the treatment of fever, cough, cold and pain. Read more

Scholarships available for SECReT: The International Training Centre for Security and Crime Related Research Degrees

 UCL's Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (UCL SECReT) was founded in 2009 with £17m of funding and support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK) and an array of public and private sector organisations working in crime reduction security and law enforcement. Read more

Our Mission: to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of Human Health

 Founded in 1784 as the professional body for surgical training in Ireland, RCSI has evolved in the years since to become one of the world's leading health sciences universities. Read more

Automating Creation Randomised Digital Evidence Crime scene Device Images for Digital Forensics and Incident Response Education

  Research Group: Cyber Security and Networking Research Group
Research Group. Cyber Security and Networking Research Group. Proposed supervisory team. Adrian Winckles. Theme. Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Training Resources. Read more
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