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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 undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in forensic science

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    Forensic Science - BSc
    Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Forensic Science - BSc
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,453 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Forensic Science - BSc
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Forensic Science – Chemistry - BSc
    University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,478 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Forensic Science: Forensic Biochemistry Option - BSc
    New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,693 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in forensic science

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    Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics Dual Admissions Programs (CUNY Justice Academy) - Dual ASc/BSc
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

    Program type
    Associate/Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,436 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in forensic science

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    General Arts and Science – Liberal Arts UOIT Transfer – Forensics - Cert
    Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,907 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Forensic science graduate programs

Master's in forensic science

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    Forensic Science - MSc
    Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    51,400 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Forensic Science - MSc
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,362 USD
    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.