What our students say - Forensic Science - University of Derby

Forensic Science

Stacey Camilleri You get the option to take a vocational module which involves going out on placement. It's given me the chance to go into a real life lab and actually do experiments for a company.

Rebekah Muldowney, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

"I am based at the CSI Unit with Nottinghamshire Police, part of East Midlands Special Operations Unit – Forensic Science (EMSOU-FS). I chose this placement as I am keen to get a job in Crime Scene Investigation on graduation. A placement seemed like a great opportunity to gain real world experience on the job. Vacancies for CSI positions are few and far between, and competition for the jobs is extremely high. Completing a work placement will enhance the list of other extra curricular activities and skills that I am building in my Forensic Employability Skills Portfolio, to attempt to set myself against this competition when it comes to applying for a job."

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

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Sally Smith, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

Sally Smith Forensic Science

"The course here at Derby has helped to expand my knowledge of the varied jobs available in the Forensic Science sector from Crime Scene Investigation to Forensic Anthropology and everything in between. Now I am about to finish my degree, I feel able to apply for many jobs from biology and chemistry laboratories to more specialised forensic roles"

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

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Natalie Harrison, graduate

Natalie Harrison

"I had such a fantastic time at Derby, the facilities are very good with the new crime scene house and the laboratory equipment. The lecturers have such a passion for what they are teaching which encourages students to learn. I had the best three years at Derby and I have made some lifelong friends."

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

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Ashleigh Whiffin, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

"Visiting the university on an open day left a very good impression, and the course at Derby was instantly my favourite. The forensics staff at Derby is really what makes the course. As well as being great lecturers, they have also offered great advice and support whenever I have needed it, course related or not. They have also helped me see my potential and encouraged me to push myself, which I am very thankful for! The best element of the course was the practical based learning, which we had plenty of. I thoroughly enjoyed the research element of the course in the final year, which really improved my ability to work independently. For many students though the best part of the course is the mock crime scenes, where we get dressed up in all the protective gear and document and collect evidence from the crime scene."

Helen Ody, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

"The amount of hands-on tuition was something that really caught my eye about the course at Derby, and many of the tutors have experience of working within the industry. There are a lot of opportunities to use the laboratories and to become familiar with equipment and procedures. As well as more traditional teaching methods, we have also had lectures involving 3D glasses, hanging things from washing lines and creating our own blood spatter using fake blood and a baseball bat. I'd absolutely recommend the course and the university to others and I wouldn't change anything about the experience I've had. There are plenty of opportunities to get careers advice, and I've also had the chance to get some work experience in a laboratory environment."

Dominique Piché, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology

"The many different skills and topics that we study is what makes this course so interesting to me. Blood spatter, fingerprinting, serology, anthropology and ballistics are a few of my personal favourites. The University offers a wide range of module choices and has things which other universities don't offer as part of the course, such as ballistics. The staff forensic team are great and make this course even more enjoyable. A lot of personal support is given to students."

Alison Caudy, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

Alison Caudy

"'I chose the University of Derby because it was friendly and welcoming. Having studied Forensic Science here for nearly two years, I can honestly say I made the right choice. The lectures are interesting and engaging; every day is different. My love for forensic science, especially forensic chemistry, has only grown over the time I have spent studying. This is largely due to the fact that the lecturers are very passionate about all subjects they teach and the facilities are brilliant. The opportunities offered to me at the University of Derby have been amazing and the support I have received from all members of staff has really helped me get the best out of my university experience so far."