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Study Forensic Science abroad

An in-depth guide to studying forensic science as an international student.

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Forensic science degrees abroad

Forensic science looks at applying science to help with an investigation. It may be used in civil cases as well as criminal ones, and uses learnings from chemistry and biology to obtain evidence. Some of the techniques used in forensic science include fingerprinting, hair analysis, luminol spray, and toxicology.

The popularity of studying forensic science has increased significantly over the last decade, in part due to popular TV series and films. Across the world you can study forensic science at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels.

Forensic science program structure

At undergraduate level, bachelor’s degrees in forensic science may take between three and four years to complete. At master’s level, a program will last between one and two years. A PhD in forensics will take at least three years full time to complete.

Forensic science degrees may be accredited by an official body or organization in the country you are studying in. This means that they meet the strict standards of practice necessary for a professional environment.

At some institutions you are able to experience a work placement as part of your degree, giving you real world experience of what you’ve learnt on your course.

You’ll study the main areas of forensic science through modules. Some areas of study are compulsory, and others are elective for you to specialize in or expand your knowledge in other subjects. Some of the most common module topics in forensic science include:

  • Biology in forensic science
  • Chemistry in forensic science
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Digital forensics
  • DNA analysis
  • Ballistics
  • Laws for evidence

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Forensic science study abroad programs

Forensic science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in forensic science

  • Arizona State University Logo

    Forensic Science Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 28,453 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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  • University of Hull Logo

    Forensic Science University of Hull, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 14,000 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of the West of England - UWE Bristol Logo

    Forensic Science University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,000 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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  • Keele University Logo

    Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Science Keele University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 16,250 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • Bournemouth University Logo

    Archaeological, Anthropological and Forensic Sciences Bournemouth University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,750 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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Forensic science graduate programs

Master's in forensic science

  • Pace University Logo

    Forensic Science Pace University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 51,400 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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Future forensic science careers

In terms of careers directly related to forensics, graduates can go on to do some of the following roles:

  • Police officer
  • Detective
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Laboratory technician

Graduates of forensics have showed that they are methodical and have a great eye for detail. Regardless of the career you go into after studying forensic these skills will be highly sought after by employers.