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M.Sc (Forensic Science)

Why take this course?

M.Sc. Forensic Science - Jain (Deemed-to-be University) is the only University in Karnataka which offers M.Sc. in Forensic Science. The degree will attract those with an interest in the application of science to the investigation of crime and analysis of evidence. The program provides an intellectually challenging study of the full range of forensic applications. It is a multidisciplinary course covering physics, biology, chemistry, psychology and law. This course will lead you into a lifelong fascination with human biology and the scientific investigation of crime. You will learn all about human physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology/genetics, microbiology and how each of these disciplines can be applied in forensic science. Our course also enables you to specialize in an area of your choice.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Study key elements of modern forensic science including crime-scene processing, analytical techniques, laboratory skills, human anatomy and genetics
  • Experience teaching staff who bring professional or research expertise into their teaching
  • Hands-on experience of a range of techniques in biology and forensic science in modern, well-equipped laboratories
  • Combined study of human biology with applications of forensic analysis, thus providing graduates with a wide range of career options

What opportunities might it lead to?

Most of the job prospects for forensic scientists are in the government sector, particularly in various law enforcement agencies such as police, the legal system, and the investigative services of the central government and state governments. Some of the job options include recording findings and collecting trace evidence from scenes of crime or accident, analyzing samples such as hair, body fluids, glass, paint, and drugs in the laboratory, applying various techniques like DNA profiling, mass spectrometry, chromatography etc. A major chunk of trained forensic scientists is hired by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), etc. Another interesting career, rather the most attractive option for forensic scientists is teaching in institutes which impart education in forensic science. Students’ can also pursue research for further job high profile job opportunities.

Degree Awarded

Master of Science

Course Commencement

June 2020


The minimum qualification to apply is a bachelor’s degree in Forensic science / Basic Science from a recognized University and the candidate should have studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology at PUC / equivalent stage.

Study Campus

  • School of Graduate Studies
  • #34, 1st Cross, J C Road
  • Bangalore – 560 027
  • P: +91 80 43430100

Admissions Office

  • JGI Knowledge Campus
  • #44/4, District Fund Road
  • Jayanagar 9th Block
  • Bangalore - 560069
  • P: +91 80 46650127

Curriculum Structure & Teaching

Semester I
  • General Forensic Science
  • Forensic Physics
  • Questioned Document Examination
  • Criminology & Law
  • Learning labs: Forensic Physics Lab
  • Examination & Finger prints Examination Lab
Semester II
  • Forensic Ballistics & Photography
  • Research Methodology & Statistics
  • Basic Computer Forensics
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Learning Labs: Forensic Chemistry Lab
  • Crime Scene & Ballistic Lab
Semester III
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Audio Video Analysis
  • Cyber Crime
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Learning Labs: Forensic Psychology Lab
  • Field Work – Mini Project
Semester IV
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Finger Print and Impression Analysis
  • Dissertation
  • Elective: Advanced Forensic Psychology (or) Advanced Forensic Biology
  • Learning Labs: Advanced Forensic Psychology Lab
  • Advanced Forensic Biology Lab
  • Internship– Hospital, Advocates, FSL, Detectives

Teaching and Assessment

A variety of engaging teaching methods like workshops, lectures, projects and seminars, are conducted from time to time at Jain (Deemed-to-be University). Our highly knowledgeable professors always make themselves available to students outside of the classroom, even beyond office hours and help the students to bring out the best in them. The faculty makes it a point of connecting with their students to create a fulfilling academic experience. This allows building a closer student-professor relationship.

How are you assessed?

On this course, you will encounter a balance of formal examinations and varied methods of coursework assessment including:

  • - Internal tests
  • - Assignments
  • - Seminar presentation
  • - Class tests
  • - Preparatory theory and Practical examination
  • - End term theory and Practical examination