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Hi, I'm going to uni next year and really want to do Biochemistry with Forensic science joined. Is that possible or are they relatively similar?
Ive searched loads and found nothing and I really want to go to uni abroad and it's hard to find a uni that has funding + the course I want
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I haven't heard of any such courses, but I would have thought that there would be some similarities between the two subjects and so it should theoretically be possible to create a course combining them fairly easily - but from a university's point of view they need to ensure there is enough demand for the course before spending their time and money creating it, which may be your problem. Forensic Science is a very new and rapidly developing area, and as it is very specialist it wouldn't surprise me if many students potentially interested in it would be cautious due to uncertain job prospects and restricted graduate options - and would instead opt for more mainstream Biology or Biochemistry degrees.
Going to university abroad is probably complicating your search as well - perhaps consider going to a UK university with a study abroad year? Bear in mind that the forensic science part of the degree may need to be accredited and so you may struggle to find a course abroad which would allow you to work easily within the field in the UK once you graduate. Think about what you really want to get out of your university experience - you will probably find that what you hoped to get out of studying abroad you could also get from travelling/ working abroad during university holidays or by doing exchange programmes. Finding universities abroad with funding for international students is also a huge challenge...
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(Original post by dragonkeeper999)
I haven't heard of any such courses, but I would have thought that there would be some similarities between the two subjects and so it should theoretically be possible to create a course combining them fairly easily - but from a university's point of view they need to ensure there is enough demand for the course before spending their time and money creating it, which may be your problem. Forensic Science is a very new and rapidly developing area, and as it is very specialist it wouldn't surprise me if many students potentially interested in it would be cautious due to uncertain job prospects and restricted graduate options - and would instead opt for more mainstream Biology or Biochemistry degrees.
Going to university abroad is probably complicating your search as well - perhaps consider going to a UK university with a study abroad year? Bear in mind that the forensic science part of the degree may need to be accredited and so you may struggle to find a course abroad which would allow you to work easily within the field in the UK once you graduate. Think about what you really want to get out of your university experience - you will probably find that what you hoped to get out of studying abroad you could also get from travelling/ working abroad during university holidays or by doing exchange programmes. Finding universities abroad with funding for international students is also a huge challenge...
I am finding forensic science quite difficult to search for but my main focus is definitely biochemistry.
My dream is to go to university abroad, as I want to experience somewhere new etc.. but I will have to take the UK into account and like you said, a study abroad year if i'm unable to fully find somewhere.
Thank you
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Something like this? Biological, forensics, and offers a year abroad.

I think on the whole though, something probably has to give. I imagine biochemistry is a broad subject, and condensing that to balance enough forensic work to qualify you for that is difficult. I don't think you'll get a year abroad with it, because that tends to cut back the content you can cover as it depends entirely on the university you exchange with.

There are more courses based off chemistry and forensics, I think, not sure. It really all depends on your exact preferences. To do everything you want, i'd probably do a biochemistry undergrad with study abroad, and then do an MSc to take you into forensics. The problem is the funding for a separate Master's. I don't know exactly how qualified/what qualifications you need to go into forensics, but i'd have thought you can access entry level stuff with just some relevant science background (like chemistry) so biochem could do it.
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