Master of Science in Forensic Sciences Top Colleges, Syllabus, Jobs and Salary

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M.Sc. in Forensic Sciences is a 2-year full-time post-graduate course which is divided into 4 semesters. Forensics is a method used to determine what happened before, during, and after a crime. Students can choose to focus on one area of forensics, such as Biology or Cyber Security, relevant to the sort of criminal activity to detect. The course may also involve an advanced study of Psychology for understanding a criminal’s mind.

Risk analysis is a major skill taught in a forensics program, which students can apply both in life and job. Some other skills needed in eligible candidates for the course would be attention-to-detail and critical thinking, analytical observation, and an eye for detail, which are useful in every facet of life. These skills help students solve problems, critically analysing the many consequences of a single act.

The course prepares students to detect dicey situations where a crime may occur, such as cyber security, towards preventing digital attacks before they can happen. Even handwriting-analysis can be used in marital counselling and to help someone choose a career path.

Some popular television shows also hire forensics experts to craft believable scenes and situations. There are multiple universities and colleges offering Forensic Science degrees. The course prepares candidates for professional roles in Forensic Science, such as police or forensic practice, the criminal or civil judicial system or research. They can develop command, control, and management skills that will enable them to present expert evidential incident reports to the court of law.

Also, the course aims at developing:

  • candidates’ knowledge and understanding of advanced laboratory analytical methods applied to forensic investigation.
  • ability to choose the most appropriate analytical techniques for forensic investigation
  • ability to use a wide range of advanced analytic apparatus to evidential standards.

The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 20,000 and 2 lacs, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 10 lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.

Top Colleges for Master of Science [M.Sc] (Forensic Sciences)

M.Sc. in Forensic Sciences: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration 2 years
Examination Type Semester system
Eligibility Bachelor’s degree in science or equivalent qualification
Admission Process Counselling after qualification of entrance examination
Course Fee INR 20,000 to 2 lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 10 lacs

M.Sc. in Forensic Sciences: What is it About?

M.Sc. in Forensic Science is designed for both graduate students and forensic practitioners. The course aims to build in students both theoretical knowledge and practical application of the key aspects of forensic science. Enrolled students are initially taught the fundamentals of Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry that underpin much of the laboratory analysis associated with forensic investigations.

Subsequently, the recovery and processing of a variety of evidence types found at crime scenes are studied in detail, as is the evaluation and presentation of that evidence in legal contexts. The course affords students access to extensive modern facilities with state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories. Upon completion of the course, students are needed to undertake a research project towards developing research skills in a diverse range of projects, both within the university, and through external placements. 

Top Institutes Offering M.Sc. in Forensic Sciences

Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.

Lovely Professional University Jalandhar INR 1,98,000
Lovely Professional University Chandigarh INR 1,98,000
SGT University Gurgaon INR 3,00,000
Amity University Gurgaon INR 1,89,000
Chandigarh University Chandigarh INR 1,70,000
Galgotias University Greater Noida INR 1,01,000
Gujarat University Ahmedabad INR 30,000
GD Goenka University Gurgaon INR 1,40,000
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi INR 1,60,000
Maharshi Dayanand University Rohtak INR 20,274
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow INR 1,01,000
Maharaja Agrasen University Solan INR 1,50,000
Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra INR 1,04,000

Eligibility for M.Sc. in Forensic Sciences

Minimum eligibility criteria for M.Sc. in Forensic Science course may vary across institutes. Primarily, the criteria include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science/ engineering / pharmacy/ medicine, obtained from a recognized university.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 60% at the level of graduation.

M.Sc. in Forensic Sciences: Admission Process

The merit list for admission to the course is usually prepared on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant qualifying examination and entrance exam. General weightage is given to both the score obtained in the entrance exam, and to the score obtained in the last qualifying examination.

The round of written test is often followed by subsequent rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

M.Sc. in Forensic Sciences: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Semester I

Semester II

Forensics techniques Finger prints impressions
Physical instrumental methods Questioned documents
Biological instrumental methods Forensic chemistry
Forensic photography Forensic toxicology
Practical Practical

Semester III

Semester IV

Forensic physics Forensic physics
Forensic biology Forensic chemistry
Forensic serology Forensic ballistics
Recent advances Forensic photography
DNA isolation Finger print analysis
Practical DNA profiling
- Practical
- Dissertation

M.Sc. in Forensic Sciences: Career Prospects

Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Biology, and Crime Scene Investigation have always had career scope. Forensic Speech Science deal with analysing voice samples using spectrogram, recording, and machines to help identify the speaker. Some voice recordings are permissible as evidence in the court of law in anti-corruption and other criminal offences. The ability to work with experts from other allied fields like Social Science, Psychology, and Statistics is a must, since job profiles largely depend on one’s area of specialisation. Such postgraduates work in both government and private agencies, hospitals and laboratories.

Many corporates hire such postgraduates as document experts, and in areas such as:

  • anti-terrorist operations
  • protection of human rights and environment
  • mass disaster management
  • cyber-crime investigation
  • consumer and intellectual property rights. 

Some of the top professional avenues for such post graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

M.Sc. in Forensic Sciences  Average Salary
Corrections Officer County Correctional Officers are often civil service workers who supervise and closely monitor jail or correctional facility inmates and the facility itself. They watch over both those who are awaiting trial and those who have already been convicted and are serving their sentence. County Corrections Officers are often required to work nights and weekend shifts. They may also be members of labour unions depending on the locality. INR 3,37,000
Customs Agent A Customs Inspector works in the Department of Homeland Security ensuring domestic security against terrorism, inspecting travellers and commercial transport, and enforcing trade regulations. Also, they work with local and federal law enforcement agencies. They inspect and identify potential threats, with sound judgment and critical decision-making skills for interviewing, checking for illegal substances and prohibited foreigners. Some may be trained as dog handlers or be proficient in a foreign language. INR 5,40,000
Forensic Psychologist Criminal Forensic Psychologists are highly trained professionals, they typically hold a doctoral degree in their field, though a Master's degree may be sufficient in some cases. Psychologists must be licensed and certification is preferred. They are responsible for providing psychological expertise when required by the criminal justice system. INR 7,70,000
Compliance Officer The first duty a Tax Compliance Officer performs in a case is ensuring the accuracy of any credits and deductions a taxpayer has claimed. Often while examining this information, Tax Compliance Officers detect tax problems at the federal, State and local levels. If someone want to claim or payment is determined to be inaccurate, they help and contact the taxpayer. They give advice and pursue legal action if the taxpayer doesn't follow the necessary procedures. INR 3,33,000
Coast Guard During the enlistment process, they are required to pass physical exams and background checks that include credit and criminal histories. Some prospects must earn a score of at least 45 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, Arithmetic. They must possess proficiency in science, mechanical comprehension, and object assembly. Some enlisted members generally serve for eight years, though part of their contract could include inactive service. This is an honourable role where the government retains the right to call members back within the contractual period. INR 6,00,000

Master of Science [M.Sc] (Forensic Sciences) Fee Structure in India

4.40 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES1.60 L  (Maximum Fee)
64.90 K (Average Fee)
40 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES3.51 L (Maximum Fee)
1.60 L (Average Fee)

Master of Science [M.Sc] (Forensic Sciences) Fee Structure By state

Delhi NCR

22.03 K
41.32 KPrivate COLLEGES2.52 L
1.77 L

Uttar Pradesh

74.16 K
92.10 KPrivate COLLEGES2.52 L
1.51 L


1.16 L
1.20 LPrivate COLLEGES1.51 L
1.36 L


63.62 K
41.32 KPrivate COLLEGES2.28 L
1.62 L

Madhya Pradesh

22.75 K
45.50 KPrivate COLLEGES1 L
68.30 K


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9.3 /10

Admission :

Raksha Shakti university was established by the government of Gujarat in 2009 due to the Raksha Shakti university act-2009. The admission procedure for M.Sc. Forensic sciences are through the entrance exam conducted by the university itself. Further, details for the entrance exam can be seen from the official site of the university.

Fee Structure And Facilities :

The fee for this two-year program is around 40,000 INR for one year and around 82,000 INR for the whole course. I guess this as very affordable as compare to other institutions. Further, the detailed fee structure can be seen from the official site of the university.

Campus Life :

Extracurricular activities are very much supported in this university. There are many clubs also, students indulge themselves within and explore more. The environment of the university is very clean and healthy, the vibes are really positive.

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6.8 /10

Campus Life :

Not all the faculty is tolerant with extra curricular activities. Some tea hers think that only and only studying makes you a good student. laboratories are well equipped and fully functional. In fact we feel blessed to have such advanced machines and technology. Talking about gender ratios 80 percent of the college students are girls. Also we proudly have larger student diversity coming from all parts over India. The college welcomes students from all genders, cultures, races,etc.

Loan/ Scholarship Provisions :

The reserved category students get the samaj kalyan scholarship. Apart from these there are many scholarship facilities that one may apply for. Like the freeship scheme, central sectors scholarship, and there are more. The institute is very helpful in such case and provides all info about the forms and documentation about these scholarships. All it recommends the government about students to grant them scholarship.

Course Curriculum Overview :

I have completed my graduation from the same institute and the syllabus for graduation was quite descent. the working hours were 10 to 5 and tiresome. However the post graduation syllabus is not up to date and also the working hours are very very hectic (9:30-6). I don't think a post graduation student needs to spend soo much time in the college. rather he/she should have ample time for self study.

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7.0 /10

Remarks :

The college name itself is positive where you get to attend the lectures of the highly professional forensic scientist and the star people of the domain getting their experience and their guidance. Negative is the college is run on a old school mind.

Campus Life :

All the labs are well equipped with highly advanced machines and equipments that help you to level up your skill by hands on the machine and the college also have a well equipped gymnasium along with tabele tennis chess carrom badminton court.

Alumni/Alumna :

Alumnus come to deliver lectures and share their research experience and the opportunities that they have explored in the field. Alumnus also share jon opportunities their in the college. They help you get thourough the course in a better way.

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8.2 /10

Course Curriculum Overview :

The course curriculum involves bifurcation of subjects. The first semester includes general studies of all the branches of forensic science. the remaining 3 semesters are based on specific studies, based on the specialization opted. There are two internal exams followed by an external exam. The course us relevant and involves various hands-on experiences. The availability of mostly all the equipment helps in ensuring better practical experience.

Admission :

The admission process involves sitting through a common entrance test, which involves questions from various branches of forensic sciences. The test also involves questions from basic sciences, like chemistry, biology, and physics. The application for the entrance exam begins from Feb to May. The entrance exam is conducted by the end of May.

College Events :

The events include freshers, farewell, and sports event organized by the university. The freshers and farewell events are organized every year for each new batch and each passing out batch. The sports event is organized by the university and a team of selected students represents the college in the tournament organized by the university.

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Hii.. i am an UG from BCA course. Am i eligible to pursue Msc in forensics??
Hi Mansi, this depends on the college in which you are applying for admission as the eligibility norms might be different in different college/university.
hello, may i know you have a list of colleges offering msc forensics in bengaluru please? thanks.

Hello, you can check the list of the colleges from here: M.Sc Forensic Science Colleges in Karnataka

Hiii...I am DIGVIJAY PRATAP SINGH and currently doing my bachelor's in homeopathic (bhms) and I am eligible for MSc forensic science?
Hi Digvijay, as per qualification, you are eligible for this course. Minimum percentage criteria may still vary as per the college/university in which you are applying for admission.
Hi....... I am betcy and currently doing my bachelor's in criminology (BA) and am I eligible to apply for M.Sc forensic science?
Hello, as per qualification, you are eligible for this course. Minimum percentage criteria may still vary as per the college/university in which you are applying for admission.
Hi..IAM Lakshmi completed my bsc nursing .IAM I eligible for msc forensic science
Hi Lakshmi, as per the qualification, you are eligible to apply for this course. However, percentage criteria may vary as per the college you have applied in.
Which books should be used to prepare for msc forensic science entrance of ip University?
which book is good for prepare of msc forensic entrace test
Hi Anil, kindly mention the college/university in which you want to take admission as selection criteria may vary as per the college in which one has applied.
Sir/Ma'am I had done my BSC(HONS)MICROBIOLOGY and got 78% with hons degree. Can I did my MSC with FORENSIC SCIENCE AND CRIMINIOLOGY
Hi Abhishek, as per educational qualification, you are eligible for this course. However, minimum percentage criteria may vary from college to college. Thus, it depends on the college/university in which you are applying for admission.
Is there is any priority criteria regarding bsc (university from which we passed)degree?
Hi Komal, yes, the university from where you pursued a certain degree matters when you apply for further studies in another college/university.
Hey i am bsc paramedical laboratory student can i did msc in forensic
Hi Pranali, as per qualification, you are eligible for this course. However, minimum percentage criteria may vary from one college to other. Thus, kindly mention the concerned college/university in which you are seeking admission.
I did my graduation in chemistry.. Am I eligible to do forensic science
Hi Rahul, some colleges have general eligibility criteria as graduation only while others may have subject-specific eligibility criteria. Thus, it will depend on the college/university in which you are seeking admission.
When Entrance exam conduct for MSC. Forensic science?? Please provide all the details . thanks sir
Hi Sandeep, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying as the entrance dates may vary from college to college. However, there can be some colleges which do not conduct entrance for admission rather provides it on the basis of merit in qualifying examination i.e. graduation.
I want to know the procedure of forensic science.
Hi Elsa, admission procedure varies according to the college/university one has applied for. Some of the colleges provides admission only on the basis of merit while others may conduct an entrance examination to provide admission in this course.

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