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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
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

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    Accident Forensics - BAcFor Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,135 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,620 AUD

    Start date
    November, July, March
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    Forensic Science and Criminology - BSc (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Biological Sciences: Forensic Science (STEM) - BS California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,499 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,499 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Chemistry: Forensic Science - BSc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Chemistry: Forensics - BA/BSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in forensic science

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    Forensic Science - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Forensic Science Dual Admission Programs (CUNY Justice Academy) - Dual BSc/ASc John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's/Associate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,436 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,436 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Forensic science graduate programs

Master's in forensic science

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    Computing (Security & Forensics) - MSc (with foundation) Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    17,374 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,500 EUR

    Start date
    September, January
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    Forensic Science - MSc John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,362 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,362 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Forensic Science - MSc Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    51,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 51,400 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    International Business Administration: Forensics and Fraud Examination - MIB American University in Switzerland, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 CHF

    Start date
    January, September, April
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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.