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Six reasons to study Forensic Science

For those considering a degree in Forensic Science but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Fascinating work

A Forensic Science degree could lead to a dynamic career where no two days are the same. You could be responding to unusual situations, conducting complex tests and using your problem-solving skills to uncover secrets.

2. Contribute to society

We need forensic scientists to improve public safety and protect people from dangerous criminals. Study this subject area, and you’ll learn how to support victims and their families through techniques such as DNA sequencing and fingerprint analysis.

3. Practical learning

Courses include a lot of practical content where you apply your learning to life-like settings. Many universities have dedicated facilities containing mock crime scenes that resemble scenarios you could encounter as a professional forensic scientist.

Some degrees also present you with the opportunity to take part in a work placement – an excellent chance to apply your education in a practical capacity.

4. Course combinations

Forensic Science overlaps with several other disciplines; hence universities offer a wide range of course combinations. You could study the subject area as a dual Honours degree with a subject such as archaeology, computer science, analytical chemistry or psychology. You can even choose a course that includes a study year abroad.

5. Career opportunities

The roles you can go into with a Forensic Science degree are not limited. Many graduates investigate crime scenes, test DNA or drugs in humans, or become fingerprint officers, toxicologists or criminal intelligence analysts. They work in law enforcement, healthcare, finance, computing and several other industries.

6. Transferable skills

As well as subject-specific abilities, you’ll develop a wide variety of skills that can apply to many different sectors and roles. This includes numeracy, communication, reporting, data interpretation, analysis and presentation skills, which will be useful if you go down an alternative career path.

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