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Master of Science in Forensic Science, orientation Physical Identification

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The Master of Science (MSc) in Forensic Science, orientation Identification offers in-depth training, both theoretical and practical, in the identification of people or objects. Transdisciplinary teaching covers the main areas of identification: fingerprinting, DNA analysis, biometrics, traceology, firearms and handwriting/signatures, and lays particular emphasis on probabilistic methods of interpretation.
The Master of Science in Forensic Science, orientation Identification, is designed to lay the foundations of legal expertise in the field of identification. Practical teaching is therefore strongly oriented towards the resolution of fictitious cases and case analysis. Students are encouraged to consider problems relating to research, detection and identification in investigative and evaluative mode and to conduct their research in the manner of an expert’s report intended for civil or criminal courts.

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

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

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French, some courses in English. Recommended level : C1.

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

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

More information
Course description

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: 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
  • Technical and scientific police services in Switzerland or abroad
  • Institutes of legal medicine in Switzerland or abroad
  • Police services at the cantonal and federal levels
  • Administrative services dealing with questions of identity
  • Academic and research careers in the forensic field
  • Service companies active in biometrics

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts are authentic.
Last update: 4 January 2017

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Version: February 2016


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