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Forensic Science BSc(Hons): What our students say

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Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Name: Susan Richmond
Course: Forensic Science and Investigative Analysis BSc(Hons)


Pardeep Kaur Sangha

Name: Pardeep Kaur Sangha
Age: 20
Course: Forensic Science and Investigative Analysis BSc(Hons)
Level: Completed 1st year
Route to University: A-levels
Accommodation: Living with parents

"I chose to study Forensic Science because it is a growing field in the UK and I find it unusual and interesting. Kingston is one of the very few universities that run a forensic science course and I read that it has the best facilities. 

"I have found the University to be a really friendly place. At first it can seem intimidating, but it's so easy to get to know everyone and make friends, especially as there are lots of clubs and organisations you can join. I am involved with the Sikh Society, for example.

"The lecturers are very good and the course is really well structured. I like the variety of ways we are taught. For example, we do presentations and there are lots of class discussions. It's very different from college because you are expected to be self-motivated.

"I think the highlight of the course has been getting stuck into the actual forensics.  I have really enjoyed learning more about the biological side of the body. 

"The only thing I have struggled with is the chemistry aspect of the course, which I find quite challenging.  It just means I have to do a little bit of extra work to cover myself, but that's easy because there are always extra workshops and help available.

"The course has helped to focus my ambitions. I have decided I want to go into the policing side of forensics. During our second semester we investigated a death. Part of that module involved looking at what the police would do. It helped me realise that this was something I really enjoyed and was interested in."


Tracey Barlow

Name: Tracey Barlow
Age: 37
Course: Forensic Science and Investigative Analysis BSc(Hons)
Level: In third year
Route to University: Mature student with A-levels
Accommodation: Own home


"Before I started this course, I had been working as a solicitor but decided I wanted a career change. I chose this course because I have always been interested in criminal matters and enjoy reading books with a forensic theme.

"At the time when I applied, only three universities in London were running a forensics course. I was impressed with Kingston when I came here for an interview.

"I have enjoyed using straight science techniques and biological knowledge in a forensic setting on the course. Consequently, I particularly liked the Evidence and Issues module in my first year where we used the anatomy, physiology and analytical chemistry techniques we had learnt combined with information on crime scenes to work through a crime and decide on the tests we were to run. This ultimately determined the cause and manner of death.

"I have also enjoyed the Crime Scene to Court option in my second year, where we had the chance to collect and process evidence from simulated burglaries, sexual assault and murder cases in a realistic environment.

"The course tutors are very approachable. Many of the lecturers put a lot of effort into their lectures to ensure they are interesting and informative. They are able to pass on their enthusiasm to us, and use cases and their own experience to bring the lectures to life. For me, the most interesting part of the classes is the application of ideas to solve forensic questions. I enjoy problem solving. 

"The course has opened my eyes to the vast range of career options in forensics and to the possibility of doing an MSc. I am considering spending a year or two as a SOCO (scene of crimes officer) to gain practical experience of crime scenes before settling on a definitive career route."


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