This Masters course will open the door to a fascinating and fast-moving sector of analytical science that will build on your previous undergraduate studies, in chemistry, biology or other appropriate science courses. You will gain knowledge and scientific skills that are directly applicable to the field of forensic science, with prospects of employment in forensic science laboratories as well as in other analytical science laboratories.
The course involves a unique combination of forensic chemistry and forensic biology, covering subjects such as trace evidence, toxicology and DNA analysis. Once you have covered the underlying principles of both areas, you can then specialise in your chosen field for your MSc research project.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, which enhances its credibility and currency among potential employers.
What appealed to you about Northumbria University? I was very excited to move away to a new city and meet new people.
What was it about the course that particularly appealed to you? I have a very strong scientific background and was always interested in Biology. The main thing that I loved when reading about the course was that it is very hands-on and involves a lot of practical work, which is very important when studying science. It also covered all the key areas of forensic science which would give me plenty of experience/knowledge when going into employment.
What qualifications did you have? I have a BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences.
How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria? My first week at Northumbria was a mixture of excitement and nervousness. After I graduated from my degree course, I spent two years working in a lab so I was back to being a student. I was also living in a different country for the first time which was a big deal to me personally. On the other hand, I was so excited to meet new people and to get back to learning again.
What do you like most about the course? The staff are all approachable, helpful and passionate about forensic science which, as a student, gives me an appreciation of the subject matter. I love the course content and labs; I had never anticipated it to be so interesting and fun.
What do you do when you’re not studying? During my free time I enjoy making the most of the University facilities, the main one being the new fitness centre at Sports Central. I also enjoy music and singing so I am looking into joining one of the many societies Northumbria offers.
What would you like to do when you graduate? When I graduate I hope to get a job in a forensic lab or in the police force. I have always had an interest in teaching too. The great thing about the course is the possibility of branching out into a number of different science based jobs, it is not only restricted to employment in forensic laboratories.
Do you have any advice for anyone applying for your course, or for university in general? I would recommend that a good personal statement is prepared and to include any form of lab-based experience.
You should have a minimum of a lower second class (2.2) UK honours degree, or an equivalent qualification, related to chemistry or biology. In your final year at least 50% of the topics should be related to chemistry/biology/medicine and you should also have completed a scientific research project or module in your final year. Relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration.
Recipient: Northumbria University
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