Ahh the world of science. Science literally tells a story that leaves us amazed and mind-blown every time. Using the channel of forensics to reveal even more stories, or better yet unsolved mysterious, is a factor that makes life even more interesting. In this month’s post, the respective routes will provide you with careers you can pursue in Forensic Science as well as some technical pathways that can be beneficial.
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Before you start an academic course, there are a few things that you should consider:
- Entry requirements
- Subjects you need for the career(s) you have in mind
Be sure to speak to us at Brain Food TCI, or any other career advisor you may have access to if you need assistance where entry requirements are concerned.
Secondary and Post-secondary towards Higher Education
Most, if not all, high schools require you to do CXCs, GCSEs, or any other equivalent to be able to advance to Higher Education (college/university). In institutions in the Caribbean, such as the University of the West Indies, you are required to have 5 CXC (CSEC & CAPE) OR IGCSE & GCE subjects, including Mathematics and English.
If an institution does not have any of these examination bodies listed when searching what is required, search for equivalencies through their admissions page or contact them directly for more information. Also, some courses may require you to have certain subjects other than Mathematics and English that are compulsory entering the course. Be sure to check the entry requirements to know exactly what is required.
As mentioned earlier, CXCs and/or other equivalents are required to proceed to this level. In higher education, you can obtain:
- Associate Degree
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Master’s Degree
- Ph. D.
Depending on your journey and your career choice, you can decide how far you need to go in terms of further education. You do not need to pursue a Master’s degree or Ph. D. unless it is required based on your career choice.
Forensic Science-Related Courses
The UWI Mona (Jamaica) campus is home to five suitable courses for the Forensic Science Career at the Postgraduate level:
- Postgraduate Diploma. Forensic Science
- MSc. Forensic Science (Chemistry)
- MSc. Forensic Science (Molec Bio)
- MSc. Forensic Science (Pathology)
- MSc. Forensic Science (Toxicology)
However, in order to progress to these courses, you must have a Bachelors’s degree in the Medical Science Faculty.
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The faculty of Medical Sciences is committed to excellence in education, community-based research, equity in patient care and advocacy, and recognizes the importance of inter-professional education and collaborative practice as central to the provision of effective, socially accountable patient-centred care. These courses are designed to focus on areas such as:
- Ensuring the health professional students have opportunities to engage in socially accountable inter-professional experiences in the classroom, in patient care and the community.
• Have students participate in programs that affect the change in the lives of disadvantaged individuals and communities through inter-professional outreach and health care.
• Applying critical thinking and analysis of social determinants in health, clinical reasoning, and collaboration among staff and all health professional students.
For more information on these Postgraduate programs mentioned above please contact the Basic Medical Sciences department by clicking here.
The Basic Medical Science course was created to provide a well-rounded student experience and structural foundation for any related course in the future.
The objective of this program is to give the students exposure to knowledge in areas such as the lifelong learning and conduct of research, clinical reasoning, and engagement in socially accountable inter-professional experiences in the classroom, inpatient care, and the community.
What is also a benefit of taking this course is the general knowledge base that it gives so that students can venture out into any medical- or science-related course in the future of their studies.
University of the West Indies Cave Hill (Barbados)
One of the careers that can be pursued in the forensic science field is Computer Forensics Examiner, which is the study of the use of technology and how it is being used to commit crimes. Studying Computer Science is a great start towards the pursual of a career of this nature. The Computer Science course teaches you in areas such as:
- Data Structures
- Software Engineering
- Software Testing and Qualities
- User Interface
Internships, Volunteering & Work Experience
Participate in local volunteering and Forensic Science -related programs.
It is encouraged that you take local opportunities in forensic science. Even if it’s volunteering with departments that contribute to the cause, take the small opportunities right in front of you. In the Forensic Science field, there are careers such as Forensic Psychologist, Computer Forensics Examiner, and Private Investigator just to name a few. If these types of jobs interest you, read on to find out how you can get started.
Here are potential places to seek volunteering opportunities:
- Royal Police Force
- Inter Health Canada Morgue
With the options above, you can obtain skills and experience that can lead you to a successful progression in the field and make it easier to get your foot in the door.
From the information provided, you can start right here in your region and at home. Feel free to embark on those opportunities. Always remember to embrace all opportunities near or far.
Below is a list of YouTube videos that will bring some insight into Forensic Science and its respective careers.
Netflix Series to Watch
Unsure about what Forensic Science is? Read our explanatory post here.