The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science is designed to disrupt positively the forensic science ecosystem. Our aims are broad and wide, striving to restore, revise and recharge the validity and credibility of the science in our court rooms.  

Forensic science is the application of science within the forum of the court, however there has been a growing concern that the science underpinning some of the forensic evidence lacks a robust foundation.   The work undertaken by LRCFS aims to highlight and address the scientific deficiencies where they exist, and to develop new knowledge and innovative solutions to the challenges forensic science and the Criminal Justice system is facing into the future. 

We have brought together an interdisciplinary team of scientists and non-scientists to develop innovative ways of looking at the challenges facing forensic evidence as it is currently used within our courts. 

Our current research areas include:

  • Transfer and persistence of evidence
  • The future of DNA analysis
  • Education and training in forensic science
  • Enhancing the detection of illicit drugs, explosives and bodily fluids
  • Capturing, communicating and collaborating with Virtual Reality in forensic science
  • Generating information about the background abundance of materials.

Full details of our current research projects can be found on the Leverhulme Research Centre's web pages

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in any other component, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

PhD fees

Applying for a research degree

Use UCAS Postgraduate to apply for a research degree. Please read the guidance on filling in your UCAS Postgraduate application before proceeding with your application.

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Contacts

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid
+44 (0)1382 384560
n.nicdaeid@dundee.ac.uk