Criminology vs criminology with forensic science degree

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I really need some advice whether or not it is worth taking a criminology with forensic science degree.
I did a foundation year at uni for film and media but as much as I love film production I don't see myself doing it as a full time job.
Is being a forensic scientist worth it?
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I really need some advice whether or not it is worth taking a criminology with forensic science degree.
I did a foundation year at uni for film and media but as much as I love film production I don't see myself doing it as a full time job.
Is being a forensic scientist worth it?
Hi there Beata Grzelak

My name is Cat and I have recently completed my degree in Sociology with Criminology.
If you are passionate about forensic investigation, then my advice would be to go for it. Criminology can be a very enjoyable subject with many career options from prisons officer, social work or many go into the police. I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying it and would encourage more people to do it!

However, if you feel that your doing it just because you're looking for something else to do, then criminology might not be for you. This is because unless you are set on going into police work or crime-based social work, criminology can be a limiting degree and you may find that doing something with a broader range of career paths might be for you. So it's not necessarily about "is being a forensic scientist worth it?" rather, "Do you want to be a forensic scientist?"

Further, I add that criminology is a very academic and theoretical subject, while forensic investigation will be very scientific and mathematical. If you prefer writing essays to lab reports, pure criminology may suit you more.

I hope this helps and please do ask if you have any more questions!
All the best,
Cat, York St John Univeristy Student Ambassador
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I really need some advice whether or not it is worth taking a criminology with forensic science degree.
I did a foundation year at uni for film and media but as much as I love film production I don't see myself doing it as a full time job.
Is being a forensic scientist worth it?
Hey ,

I hope you are keeping safe and well. I thought I'd just include a reference to our upcoming Law and Criminology Showcase on the 21 and 22 April.

It would be a good opportunity for you to get an understanding of what studying Criminology may be like at degree level, and there will also be a specific session on careers related to criminology, which could be an excellent opportunity for you to ask this question You don't necessarily need to be interested in studying at Swansea, although we'd love to show you what we offer!

Here's a link : https://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/showcase-registration/

A taster of live sessions include:

• Cybercrime and Its Hidden Victims
This session will draw on notions of victimisation, particularly victims of a cyber-related crime. In the context of lockdown (Covid 19), society has become more reliant on different online platforms. With this increase in the use of technology, so has victimisation increased. However, research has shown that such victimisation is not always reported; thus, the victims remain hidden. In this session, we will consider some of the reasons why these types of crime remain underreported.

• When is ‘ethical hacking’ legal and ethical?
In this interactive session, you will be introduced to some key legal and ethical debates around the topic of ethical hacking. You'll find out a bit about this fascinating area of criminal law and how different shades of hackers - known as Black, White and Black 'Hats', may or not cross legal and ethical lines.

• How do we explain Criminal Behaviour? Biological, Psychological and Sociological theories
Delivered by current PhD students Joe Janes and Jordan Dawson, this session will provide a taster of studying criminology at Swansea.
In this session we will outline some of the key theories we discuss in Criminology, taking an analytical view of Biological, Psychological and Sociological theories. We will ask students to apply these theories to real world examples of crime.


You will also gain access to a host of pre-recorded materials, student success stories and handy guides

More than happy to answer any specific questions you may have on email too - [email protected]

Take care, and best of luck with your studies,

Jess Hammett
Swansea University
Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
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Hi there Beata Grzelak

My name is Cat and I have recently completed my degree in Sociology with Criminology.
If you are passionate about forensic investigation, then my advice would be to go for it. Criminology can be a very enjoyable subject with many career options from prisons officer, social work or many go into the police. I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying it and would encourage more people to do it!

However, if you feel that your doing it just because you're looking for something else to do, then criminology might not be for you. This is because unless you are set on going into police work or crime-based social work, criminology can be a limiting degree and you may find that doing something with a broader range of career paths might be for you. So it's not necessarily about "is being a forensic scientist worth it?" rather, "Do you want to be a forensic scientist?"

Further, I add that criminology is a very academic and theoretical subject, while forensic investigation will be very scientific and mathematical. If you prefer writing essays to lab reports, pure criminology may suit you more.

I hope this helps and please do ask if you have any more questions!
All the best,
Cat, York St John Univeristy Student Ambassador
Hello
Thank you so much for the advice. This has greatly helped me. I decided to do Criminology with forensic science starting September.
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