I want to do a chemistry degree at university and take a masters degree but I don't know which choices I have to take as I want to to do forensic science as a career but I don't know what master degrees will allow me to persue a career in this field? I'd like it to be chemistry related,
If you can help that would be nice
HELP!! Chemistry degree and forensics Watch
- Thread Starter
- 24-07-2014 19:26
- 24-07-2014 20:20
Presumably some sort of MSc in Forensic Science and related topics? Also, you need not bothered too much about this right now, as you're a few years off from applying. Just google it and there's oodles of variations.
Also possibly worth going down the route of an industrial placement in your degree:
BSc involves doing 2 years study, working for a year, then returning for your third year of study - total 4 years
MChem involves 2 years of study, working for a year but also supplying distance learning work back to the university and usually some type of thesis-style report and/or presentation, then returning for your final year of study - total 4 years
The final year of either of those degrees will involve some research project within your university. There's a chance you might get lucky and land a placement in a forensics job, which would set you up very well. Equally, analytical places are very common and there looks to be a significant overlap in skills - it's just different techniques you may learn instead. Even if it's not directly related, having working experience in a lab is very valuable.
A separate MSc will involve you funding it yourself, which is where the difficulty can lie, but would probably help you directly. As I say, you need not worry about the specifics of that for at least 2 years.
There's also the option of a combined degree in "Chemistry with Forensic Science" which targets that industry more, if you're sure of doing that. A straight chemistry degree gives you a wider breadth of knowledge, but if you can get the specialist knowledge as part of your undergrad then you may not need to study further for a separate MSc.
Signing up to an MChem course doesn't commit you to anything yet - you can change within the first 2 years back to a BSc if you want. The actual research you undertake for your Master's year isn't decided until the end of your third year, roughly. It may vary between universities, but you're involved in an active research group at the university so you can't predict what people are working on that far in advance. Applying for a separate MSc I believe is done at the start of your final year (although i'm not 100% sure).Last edited by Nymthae; 24-07-2014 at 20:21.