Forensics or forensic science refers to the study of forensic biology, chemistry as well as criminology with a view to understanding crime investigative procedures and methodologies. It involves applying the scientific method when analyzing crime. Students are able to consolidate their theoretical and practical knowledge and skill set during a Master’s in Forensics.  Students can opt to specialize in forensic biology, chemistry or anthropology.
Program Structure and Coursework
A Master of forensicsis 2 years in duration. Those wishing to pursue this program must have an undergraduate degree in chemistry, biology or a related field at the time of enrolling. A strong science background is a pre-requisite. During the course of this program students are able to strengthen their practical skill set as a result of receiving hands on training in forensic laboratories.  Students get a good grasp of the crime investigation process from beginning to end. In addition to a Master’s thesis, students choose from a number of taught courses during the Master of forensics. These include:
  • Molecular biology
  • DNA profiling
  • Biochemistry
  • Forensic analysis of drugs
  • Analyzing physical evidence

Careers in Forensics
A Master of forensics can find employment across a number of organizations including research centers, forensic laboratories and crime laboratories. A Master of forensics can work as a:

  • Researcher
  • Forensic lab technician
  • Chemist
  • Biologist
  • Crime scene investigator
  • DNA analyst

A Master of forensics can expect to earn anywhere between 30,000 and 75,000 U.S Dollars a year.