What students say about forensic science
Good number of lectures and practicals, more than many courses so a fairly busy timetable, usually in four days a week. Variety of assessment methods used: exams, phase tests, essays, case studies, lab reports, expert witness reports, practical exams. The course can be challenging for people who have not done A-level biology and chemistry and who don't work hard in the first year, but it is easy enough to do well if you put the work in.2nd year, De Montfort University
We have 15 to 20 contact hours per week. Crime scene science is extremely interesting, but the first year is about getting to know the basics, so some parts are challenging, others not so much. Work includes essays, group collaboration, portfolios, a LOT of practical work and reflective logs, and employment skill-based assignments. Course facilities are excellent - the 15-room crime scene house, vehicle lab and science labs - I cannot fault.1st year, Teesside University
We have around 20 hours of teaching per week. I'm studying forensic science, so we have a mix of lab work and lectures. Work includes coursework, essays, exams and plenty of practicals. There are plenty of labs to use in and out of lecture time.3rd year, Bournemouth University
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A degree in forensic sciences will give you subject-specific skills including the application and understanding of the scientific method in the planning, execution and analysis of scientific investigations; in the recording, recovery, scientific analysis, evaluation, interpretation, preservation and presentation of evidence and in the issues and ethical and legal framework around the practice of forensic sciences. You will also gain useful transferable skills in numeracy, communication, report writing and data interpretation. Forensic sciences graduates are in demand from industries including law enforcement, the pharmaceutical industry, scientific testing and analysis, hospitals, computing and the finance industry.