Q: forensic science and investigative analysis-very tough?
Asked by Naailah
Hi Hollie,Is forensic science and investigative analysis same as forensic chemistry? I still haven't made a decision between forensic and biomedical science! Is it very tough and loads of chemistry stuffs? also,what about the prospects in this field?
Am confused,please help me.
A: Answer from Student Ambassador Hollie
Answered on 2 Apr 2012 by Hollie
Forensic Chemistry is not the same as Forensic Science and Investigative Analysis. Forensic Chemistry had core modules from Forensic science and Chemistry combined. The reason I changed courses because I felt like I was missing out on Forensic Science modules that would really interest me and that I would enjoy learning more about.
FSIA has three routes of modules which you can choose to follow, a geological route such as forensic geoscience, a chemistry based route which I am on and a biological forensic route. So you can base your degree around the area of interest to you. No degree is easy but I think when you are enjoying your studies you work to a stronger ethic and can achieve a higher goal. Since I changed courses I have been working to more firsts instead of just reaching a 2:2.
The prospects in the field are where I'm not too sure of any more. When I applied for my degree the FSS still existed now it is gone. There are loads of job areas that you can look in to with a FSIA degree. I've had so many doors opened to me now, so many careers that I didn't know existed before I was on this degree. The lectures are amazing at careers advice and try to really help us work out what part of the field we would like to go in to.
I really enjoy my degree and think it was definitely worth while me changing courses. This doesn't mean it would be the best course for you. You need to think about where you see yourself in the next ten years or if you can't do that look in to what interests you. You want to spend three years of your degree enjoying every minute of what your learning.
Best of luck, if you have anymore questions I would be really happy to help
Course: Forensic Chemistry
Level: Third year
Other information: I came to Kingston University after taking a gap year during which I was employed. I am on the Compact scheme. I am a member of the Wine society. I am a Kingston University student ambassador. I chose Kingston because... of the course. I couldn't find Forensic Chemistry anywhere else at the time. I loved that Kingston wasn't too far from home and if I wanted could commute. I love the size of Kingston, it has everything you need but isn't too big. It's so close...