Do you have a query regarding our Forensic MSc Programme?

Find out below answers to questions you may have regarding study options, funding and much more.

If you still haven't found the answer you need, contact our Admissions team who will be able to direct your query.

Is an MSc Forensic Computing (Digital Forensics) available?

The degree was originally launched in 2005 as Forensic Computing but since then has changed its name to Digital Forensics. The new MSc in Digital Forensics, offered by Cranfield University in partnership with CCL Solutions Group (CCL), will seek to address the academically-orientated operational needs of UK policing and serious skills shortage of educated and trained individuals in the field to fill digital forensic positions and support the UK’s criminal justice system. Find out more about our Digital Forensics MSc.

Can I still apply for a Forensic MSc without a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science?

You can find information on the entry requirements for our MScs on each course web page. You will also find the contact details for the Course Directors for each theme, should you have any further questions. 

Am I still eligible to apply for a master's degree at CFI after already obtaining a master's at another institution in the same subject?

You can see the minimum entry requirements for each MSc on the relevant course page. There would be no bar on you applying for the course with a higher qualification than the minimum detailed. If you have any further queries specifically relating to this course, please don’t hesitate to contact the Course Director. 

During the application process is it possible to apply for two different courses, if you're still unsure which one would be more suitable for you?

It is our policy that you can only be considered for one course at a time. However, it is possible to request a change of course after offer if you change your mind. We would, however, suggest you confirm your course interest before applying.

I have a degree in an unrelated subject, e.g. botany, water etc - can I apply?

Please take a look at our MScs and once you have selected one that might be suitable for you, please look at the entry requirements. If you have any concerns, contact the Course Director, who can arrange to have a chat with you. 

I'm interested in the Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology MSc, but I come from a strictly forensic science background. Can I still apply?

Please contact the Course Director for a chat about the entry requirements for this MSc and to discuss in more detail. 

I have a background in cultural heritage, provenance research and art restitution and would like to know if can study the master's programme with a focus on cultural heritage crime without having a bachelor's in Forensic Science?

You can find information on the entry requirements for our MSc in Forensic Investigation of Heritage Crime on the course web page. You will also find the contact details for the Course Director, should you have any further questions relating to this course. 

What is the maximum intake for each Forensic MSc?

There are generally no caps on student intakes for the MSc courses.

Can I contact CFI admissions by telephone?

You can call us during work hours on the number: +44 (0)1234 758451. Alternatively, you can email us on for guidance and if needs be we can arrange a Microsoft Teams call.

Is there an option to complete the course part-time?

Part-time MSc study is usually offered over a 3-year period for all MScs.

How may days a week would part-time study be?

Part-time study is run alongside the full-time students. Therefore, you would choose which modules you wished to attend over year 1 and 2 from the timetable. Modules usually run for a one-week period, 9am-5pm, and you would be required to be on site/online for that duration.

When do you get to choose the modules you wish to do?

Modules choices are usually made within the first few weeks after registration.

I opted for the Forensic Investigation MSc but would like to study some Archaeology modules - is this possible?

You will have the opportunity to select some archaeology-related elective modules. For information on compulsory and elective modules for this course, please see our Forensic Investigation MSc web page.

How can I view the elective modules for the course I have chosen to study?

For information on compulsory and elective modules for each MSc please visit the relevant course page:

Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

Forensic Ballistics

Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation

Forensic Investigation

Investigation of Heritage Crime

Does each module have assignments assigned to it? And, if so, how long do students get to complete each assignment?

Each module has an assessment element to it, which might be an assignment or an exam. There are exceptions, but full-time students have four weeks to complete assignments and part-time students have six weeks to complete assignments. There is usually one exam date for both part-time and full-time students.

Are there any example timetables for each MSc? How many hours of face-to-face teaching are there for full-time students?

Please contact the Course Director of your chosen MSc for more information relating to timetables and contact hours.

Where can I find more information about scholarships/bursaries?

You can find general information on funding on our fees and funding web page.

Are there any internal/external grant or bursary options for international students wanting to study shorter course options (i.e. PG Cert)?

Most funding assistance is directed towards MSc study. You may wish to contact our Student Funding Team on for more guidance if you are unable to find it on the website.

Does Cranfield offer anything in the way of childcare support/bursaries?

There is information relating to childcare on our website, including the on-site nursery.

You could also take a look at our fees and funding page for funding information.

Do you need a security clearance if you are doing a Forensic MSc based at Cranfield campus but would like to do a module at the Shrivenham site?

All modules that require access to the Shrivenham site will require additional security clearance for access. Please see our entry requirements page for more information.

How do you apply for the security clearance?

Security/BPSS clearance is dealt with by staff based on the Shrivenham site. You will be contacted with further information as required.

How well is the Cranfield campus serviced by public transport should I need to live away from campus?

Please see our 'how to find us' web page for information on access to the Cranfield campus.

Where is the best campus to apply for accommodation if you have modules on both sites?

It is advised you apply for accommodation on the Cranfield campus and in the surrounding area. For more information visit our accommodation web pages.

Is transport provided if I have a module on the Shrivenham site?

For modules on the Shrivenham site, a shuttle bus will be scheduled for the day.

If the course is accredited by the Chartered Society for Forensic Science, is the MSc recognised internationally in order to find employment outside of the UK?

The Chartered Society of Forensic Science is an internationally-recognised professional body. A lot of our graduates have gone on to find employment outside the UK.

What employment opportunities are on offer to full-time students while they are on the course?

If you are planning on applying for the MSc as a full-time student, you should be focused on your MSc. If you feel that you need to work considerable hours alongside your studies, then it is advised that you take the MSc as a part-time student. During your thesis project we try and work closely with industries and there may be employment opportunities through this avenue. We do offer a small number of part-time jobs on campus, including our student ambassador programme. This can be fitted around your study timetable.