Chemistry with Forensic Investigation - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MChem Chemistry with Forensic Investigation

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
BSc (Hons) Chemical Sciences
Ord Chemistry
DipHE Chemistry
CertHE Chemistry

Professional recognition

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UCJ20003 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

JACs code

F100, F490

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Chemistry (Bachelor), Chemistry (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Chemistry

Programme Leader

AMODIO C Dr (Chemistry)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

To prepare students for possible careers as professional chemists in industry, as academic researchers and for a wide range of related professions requiring critical, analytical and investigative skills

To give students a well-grounded understanding of investigative concepts and methods

To give students a well-grounded understanding of chemical theories, the analytical tools necessary to evaluate and conduct chemical research, the capacity to initiate independent thought and enquiry, and the confidence and knowledge to apply these skills in their careers after graduation

To develop appropriate practical skills taking into account an awareness of health and safety issues

To provide students with a well-founded education in the principles of chemistry, which reflects the QAA subject benchmark statement for Chemistry (2014) and provides access to qualified membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry and forms a basis for partially satisfying the academic requirements for the Chartered Chemist award through further study or continuing professional development

To provide students with a range of key and transferable skills, integrated into the subject material, including team-working, information technology, communication and problem solving

To provide students with experience and knowledge of the application of forensic techniques in investigations in the legal, industrial and environmental areas

To provide students with an opportunity to work for a year on placement in an industrial or related working environment. (4-year programme only)

To enhance students' employment potential by encouraging them to put their subject knowledge into practice, enhance their problem-solving and analytical skills, and further develop transferable skills within a working environment. (4-year programme only)

To prepare students following integrated Masters programmes with an advanced chemical training beyond that followed by Bachelors students

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a knowledge of chemistry as an empirical science K
Appreciate the relevance of chemistry to real problems in professional and employment settings with an emphasis on forensic investigation and analysis K
Understand and demonstrate an understanding of the major theories and principles in the core areas of chemistry K
Be aware of the nature and major sources of evidence in areas of forensic investigation K
Be aware of the nature and major sources of evidence and methods in the core areas of forensic investigation, for example physical evidence, expert witness, characterisation of materials, investigation of fire, ballistics, explosives, illicit drugs, biomedical methods K
Assemble/generate data from a variety of sources and discern and establish connections C
Synthesise, analyse and evaluate primary and secondary data from a variety of sources C
Conduct and report an individual chemical study (through the practical modules and empirical research project) C
Critically assess chemical research C
Critically assess forensic investigations C
Plan, conduct and report an individual chemical study (through the practical modules and empirical research project) C
Analyse/synthesise/evaluate own work and that of others C
Solve problems in chemical science, forensic investigation and allied areas C
Use and develop various experimental techniques P
Interpret quantitative and qualitative data P
Observe and comment constructively on aspects of forensic team investigations as part of group working under ‘forensic' conditions P
Take responsibility for planning and organisation of work both own and in a team P
Analyse, define and develop generic learning skills for independent problem solving T
Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means T
Learn to work independently or as a member of a team as appropriate to a problem T
Work effectively in small groups towards common goal T
Use up to date information technology as appropriate T
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to physicochemical and forensic science data T
Develop the ability to promote oneself through maintenance of professional development profiles and current CV T
Have developed the ability to be self-motivated and able to study independently T
Work effectively and efficiently in a work environment, employing and developing subject and transferable skills learnt in first two years of the programme, acquiring knowledge of new techniques as appropriate T
Work effectively, efficiently and progressively independently in a work environment, employing and developing subject and transferable skills learnt in first two years of the programme, acquiring knowledge of new techniques as appropriate and using them in unfamiliar situations, including execution of an independent research project (degree qualifications only) T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Integrated Master's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and 7). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Honours) (360 credits)
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



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