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    I'm a third year undergrad and I would like to know if it's worth doing a PhD in a forensic science? Or would I be wasting four years? Will it make much difference? Also what point in the year should I apply for a masters?
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    Depends what you want to do. There are far more people getting PhDs than there are vacancies which specify a PhD as a pre-requisite, so you'll always be fighting the odds.

    If you want a career in academia, then a PhD is a pre-requisite for the majority of uni-level jobs these days. So then it would be worth doing.

    The forensic science industry has taken a beating in the past few years, so there's no guarantee that a PhD would make your employment prospects any better. You really need to look around the types of vacancies being advertised to see whether they prefer academic qualifications or professional experience/

    You can apply for a Masters any time in your third year. If successful, you'll get a conditional offer based on the degree grade your academic referees predict and you'll generally firm it as soon as your result is published after your third year. Having said that, in the sciences it's more common to go straight from undergrad to PhD, so that route might be worth investigating as well. Look for the 1+3 PhDs which are sometimes on offer from Doctoral Training Centres - I don't know if there are any which deal with forensics, but it's worth a look. Funding will probably be your main issue.
 
 
 

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