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The future scope of MSc Forensic Science


The future scope of MSc Forensic Science

Last updated: 14 May 2020

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INTRODUCTION

Master of Science (MSc) Forensic Science is a new and upcoming post-graduate degree in criminal sciences. It has a duration of two years. Forensic Science is the branch of criminal science that involves the application of scientific concepts in identification of criminals, analysis of crime scenes, advanced diagnostic techniques, innovative testing kits, and the use of advanced instruments and tools. The course is usually taken after a three-year BSc graduate degree in science or life science subjects. The MSc Forensic Science course prepares candidates for application and research-based careers. The course emphasizes on the theoretical and practical fundamentals and applications of Forensic Science. It is an interdisciplinary subject and involves basic concepts of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Important and useful concepts involving the application of scientific information are taught that help to analyse, identify, and infer critical points that are required to identify and capture criminals, identify genetic relationships, analyse crime scenes, carry out toxicology tests, and carry out handwriting analysis. These basic concepts are taught in the course. Students are prepared for roles in police departments, diagnostic centres, criminology departments, crime scenes, police patrol jobs, and clinical psychology and counselling.

Top specializations in MSc Forensic Science are core areas related to psychology, diagnostics, law, justice, criminology, quality analysis and control, data analytics, bioinformatics, teaching, laboratory documentation, and police patrol. The course builds personal skills like communication, discipline, attention to detail, leadership, teamwork, logic, presentation, public demonstration and speaking, and analysis; and professional and social skills like planning and execution, problem-solving, research, critical thinking, analytical thinking, and reasoning.

SCOPE OF MSC FORENSIC SCIENCE

MSc Forensic Science graduates have many opportunities in the fields of Science, Research, Criminology, and Technology. Students have many opportunities in different areas and sectors:

Research Scientist – in national laboratories and organizations like:

  • Indian Criminology & Forensic Science Association
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • Indian Institute of Technology
  • National Institute of Criminology & Forensic Science (NICFS)
  • National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)
  • Forensic Science Society of India (FSSI)
  • Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre
  • All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health
  • Indian Forensic Organisation
  • Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT)

Research Associate/Analyst – in R&D institutes like:

  • Institute for Plasma Research (IPR)
  • Bose Institute
  • Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL)
  • Anand Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Department of Science & Technology (DST)
  • State Forensic Science Laboratory
  • Consortium Scientific Research (CSR)
  • Directorate of Forensic Science services (DFSS)
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)

Research Assistant/Consultant – in laboratories and institutes associated with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) like:

  • Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB)
  • Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI)
  • Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB)
  • Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI)
  • National Institute of Science (NIS)
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT)
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB)
  • North - East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST)
  • Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS)
  • National Institute For Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST)
  • Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR)
  • Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC)
  • National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR)

Research Officer – in public and private research services

Teacher/Lecturer – in secondary and higher secondary schools, degree colleges, engineering colleges, and universities

Science Tutor – in reputed academic coaching institutes

Counsellor/Specialist – in assisting and guiding national research centers and organisations

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) – professional certifications in individual specializations are essential to have Senior Consultants and SMEs:

  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Computer/Digital Forensics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Biological Chemistry
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Forensic Odontology
  • Forensic Counselling
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Criminal Scene Investigation and Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fermentation Technology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Crime and Intelligence Analysis
  • Criminalistics

Further Studies – higher education in individual specializations ensures increased exposure and work experience. This can be achieved through:

  • MPhil in Forensic Science
  • PhD in Forensic Science
  • Fellowship in Forensic Science
  • Diploma in subjects like Forensic Pathology, Forensic Counselling, Forensic Toxicology, or Crime and Intelligence Analysis

Increased work experience ensures high-paying salary and job satisfaction. With work experience, an individual’s salary increases to 15 LPA to 20 LPA with added benefits.

COLLEGE PLACEMENT AND RECRUITMENT

Different colleges offer placement opportunities to candidates to ensure that every deserving candidate receives recognition. This ensures that qualified graduates transform into important resources for the development and success of the country’s economy. Excellent placement opportunities are provided:

  • Keeping in mind the dynamic future needs of India
  • Careful selection processes to ensure that the IDEAL candidate is provided an opportunity
  • Continuous Education, Research & Development areas to identify talent and apply them in the perfect career opening
  • Skills and certifications in addition to academic record to ensure a balance between education and practical research
  • Diverse real-world internships and projects to guarantee practical exposure
  • Inter-disciplinary exposure – to provide a variety of experience and practical knowledge
  • Counsellors that effectively strike a match between recruiter expectations and student potential
  • Student employability enhancement through workshops, alumni talks, guest lectures, and certification courses
  • Pre-Placement Talks to ensure prior preparation and methodical Placement procedure
  • Resume Verification – to ensure that a student’s CVs and resumes are of high standard
  • Group Discussion/Personal Interview workshops – to ensure thorough preparation before campus interviews
  • Mock Interviews – to ensure students are prepared to face important CEOs and Managers

CAREER AREAS

Multiple career opportunities are available in public and private academic institutions, medical start-ups, hospitals, research laboratories, intelligence bureaus, private detective agencies, pharmaceutical companies, police departments, manufacturing companies, forensic science laboratories, defence/army corporates, law firms, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), MNCs, and medical industries.

Potential career roles:

  • Teacher
  • Research Scientist
  • Lecturer/Professor
  • Toxicologist
  • Corrections Officer
  • Research Analyst
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Consultant
  • Online Tutor
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME)
  • Compliance Officer
  • Forensic Science Project Mentor
  • Lab Assistant
  • Training Manager
  • Cyber Forensic Expert
  • Auditor
  • Research Associate
  • Research Scientist
  • Investigative Officer
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Research Biochemist
  • Legal Counsellor
  • Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
  • Law Expert
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Medical Coder
  • Regulatory Affairs Associate
  • Scientific Laboratory Technician
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Lab Technician
  • Medical Representative
  • Business Development Manager
  • Crime Reporter
  • Safety Specialist

RECRUITMENT OPPORTUNITIES

MSc Forensic Science post graduates can find employment opportunities in many public and private companies, hospitals, academic institutions, pharmaceutical MNCs, manufacturing companies, product packaging centres, nursing homes, diagnostic centres, and clinical testing centres. Popular recruiters are:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Research Centers
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Baxter Research
  • Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
  • Zydus Cadila
  • Accenture
  • Cipla Inc.
  • Biocon
  • Intelligence Bureau (IB)
  • Dr. Reddy Laboratory (DRL)
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Cognizant
  • Bioceramics Limited
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Central Govt. Forensic Sciences Labs
  • Reliance Life Sciences
  • Wipro
  • Syneos Health
  • Wildlife Institute of India
  • Capgemini
  • Novartis
  • National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science
  • Tata Consultancy Services Limited

CONCLUSION

An MSc Forensic Science degree is a popular and upcoming criminal science post graduate course recognized throughout the world. The two-year course is structured to prepare students for a career in research and development. The course curriculum consists of theoretical concepts, practical experiments, skill-building programs, and certification courses that create a balance between academics and practical exposure. This degree is available for students all over India and admission depends on Bachelor’s degree performance, previous academic record, qualifying entrance examinations, and additional certifications. Multiple assistant, internship, project, and career opportunities are available in different public and private sector departments, businesses, and companies after successful completion of the course.

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