Employability - Forensic Science - University of Derby


Preparing you for work

Employable Graduates - We're ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities, and 12th for English institutions, with 96.9% of our graduates in work or further study within six months of completing a full-time degree.

You are equipped for a range of careers at the end of your degree. Former graduates are currently employed as Scenes of Crimes Officers, Forensic Laboratory Technicians, Forensic Intelligence Analysts, Chemistry Laboratory Technicians, Chemical Analysts, Trainee Toxicologists, Forensic Examiners, Pharmacy Technicians, Scientific Researchers, Organic Analysts and Environmental Analysts in local Police Forces and companies such as Scientifics, Rolls Royce and LGC Forensics.

Natalie Harrison, a recent BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduate, secured a position as a Toxicology Analyst within a week of finishing her final exam. Read her story.

The degree also prepares you for further study and previous students have gone on to study an MSc, MRes, PGCHE or PhD in specific areas of Forensic Science.

Conducting your own research

You also have a diverse choice of subjects for your final year research project enabling you to do something you are really interested in and that will be relevant to your future career. Previous students have conducted projects in the following areas:

  • Blood spatter analysis
  • Ballistics
  • Finger-marks and fingerprints
  • Footwear and footprints
  • Handwriting and document analysis
  • DNA analysis
  • Trace detection of drugs and explosives
  • Forensic entomology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic taphonomy
  • Forensic microbiology
  • Forensic photography

We encourage you to present your research at relevant conferences or publish it in forensic journals. Research by former graduates has been presented at local conferences, published in scientific journals and presented to the Houses of Parliament. Each year our students attend the East Midlands Forensics Institute Research Network (FIRN) conference to present their different research projects.

Forensic graduate Nazia Mehrban presented her work on the safety of electonically scanned signatures to her local MP and MEP. This resulted in a question being posed to the European Parliament and Nazia's work being published in the Journal of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.