Master of Science (MSc) in Forensic Science, orientation Chemical Criminalistics

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General content

The Master of Science in Forensic Science, orientation Chemical Criminalistics, aims to understand the contribution of analytical chemistry techniques to forensic science as well as to several other fields requiring instrumental analyses in order to solve problems.

The programme of the Master of Science in Forensic Science, orientation Chemical Criminalistics, includes a theoretical component supplemented by a large number of practical exercises involving analytical chemistry as well as the application of forensic science. In addition to courses taught by the School of Criminal Justice, the programme benefits from the collaboration of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Section (SCGC) of the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and of the University Centre of Legal Medicine Lausanne-Geneva (CURML). Some courses may be in English.

Practical information

Organiser
School of Criminal Justice
Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc) in Forensic Science, orientation Chemical Criminalistics

ECTS credits
120

Duration
4 semesters

Teaching language
French. Recommended level: C1. Please note that a very good understanding of English is necessary, since most most of the literature is published in English and a few courses may be taught in English.

Enrolment
Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Department before the deadline.

Final enrolment dates
The degree course begins in the autumn semester only. Final enrolment date: 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.

More information
Course description

Career prospects

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: problem-solving abilities, communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, and so on. This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as:

  • Forensic science laboratories in Switzerland or abroad
  • Swiss or foreign scientific police laboratories
  • Cantonal laboratories
  • Institutes of legal medicine and toxicology
  • Private or public laboratories active in analytical fields, quality control, the environment, hygiene
  • Academic and research careers in the forensic and analytical chemistry fields
  • Organisations that combat counterfeiting and illicit trafficking
  • Insurance companies, loss control

Alumni move into a wide variety of roles, for example as a scientist in a biomedical material testing laboratory.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts are authentic.
Last update: 20 June 2018

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Contact

School of Criminal Justice
Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration

Université de Lausanne
Bâtiment Batochime
CH–1015 Lausanne

Tél. +41 21 692 46 00

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Switzerland
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