GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Science and Analysis (Level 8)

Code: GA786 Level: 8

Why study Forensic Science and Analysis? Students will discover how a crime scene is investigated and how to collect and analyse crime scene evidence. They will learn about ethical computer hacking, DNA analysis and much more. There is a large practical and project component to the programme, and students will learn skills such as project management, time management, decision making and laboratory practical skills. On completion, graduates will have a qualification that will provide opportunities for employment in a range of areas and will facilitate career advancement to managerial positions.

What are my career opportunities? The graduate will have opportunities for employment in Forensic Science, Analytical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Biotechnology and Biomedical sectors and in Environmental Forensics. Note: The BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science and Analysis has accreditation from The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

What will I study? Year 1: • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Maths • Learning Innovation Skills

Student experience

Year 3: • Forensic DNA 2 • Trace Evidence Collection and Analysis • Chromatographic Methods • Organic Chemistry • Computer Forensics II • Spectrophotometric methods of Analysis • Placement (six months) Year 4: • Computer Forensics III • Research Methods in Forensic Science • Forensic Research Project • Forensic Chemistry • Statistics and Forensic Evidence Evaluation • Electrochemical and Pharmacopeia Methods • Analytical Chemistry • Environmental Forensics

Orlaith Kavanagh As part of my 3rd year work placement, for my Forensic Science and Analysis course I worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Forensic Science & Identification Services. My role was as a student research assistant in the Fingerprint laboratory with

Note: There is no need to have studied any particular Science subject at Leaving Certificate level, as the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in year one. Year 2: • Introduction to Forensic Science

the Integrated Forensic Identification Services. While there I worked on two projects, one was researching suitable

reagents for the detection of fingerprints on blood found at a crime scene. The other research project involved creating a database of known fingerprints for use in proficiency testing across Canada. This work placement was a fantastic opportunity for me to use the knowledge gained in GMIT to work alongside professional Forensic Scientists.

• Analytical Forensics • Computer Forensics I • Good Laboratory Practice • Inorganic Chemistry • Organic Chemistry • Physical Chemistry • Forensic Legal Studies • Forensic DNA 1 • Data Handling and Statistics

School of Science & Computing

Campus Galway

Places 32

Duration 4 years

Talk to us: John Keary, Programme Chair Tel: +353 91 742474 | E-mail: john.keary@gmit.ie

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