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Master of Science in Forensic Science, orientation Chemical Criminalistics

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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.

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

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

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French and English. Recommended level: C1.

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.

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Course description

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, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas. 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 or federal technical police services
  • 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

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts are authentic.
Last update: 5 August 2016

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Version: February 2016


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