Que pasa Guys,
Firstly, excuse the pun I couldn’t help myself.
So choosing a university can be hard, I know that all too well, so here are a few reasons why I chose Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) to study a forensics course.
- Laboratory Facilities: There are a large amount of different state-of-the art labs available throughout the course for the different modules from organic chemistry and microbiology labs used in both the first and second years, to the crime search lab and a specialised DNA analysis suite which you get to use in the final year of study (I can’t wait to use it – sounds pretty nifty).
- On-campus Crime Scene House: When I came to an open day and we got to in to see this I couldn’t help but get a little bit excited; I’d actually be able to do what i see so many professionals doing. The house has been used throughout my first and second years here carrying out tasks from retrieving and packaging items to photographing the scene of the crime. If you were to go on the postgraduate course for Analytical and Forensic Science you get to go in to the house to analyse body fluids; sounds pretty cool!
- Off-campus Crime Village: Not so long ago I wrote a blog regarding this (click here), but this forms part of our assessment both years and puts everything we have learnt in a particular module in to practice. How best to describe it? It is like the set of Coronation Street but half the village are dead! Haha! It was an enjoyable experience too, gutted it is only for one session though.
- Professional Accreditation: The course is accredited by the Forensic Science Society in all three component standards, which is a real eye-catcher to employers on the CV and shows that you are going in to a decent course for the area of forensics.
- Lecturers: The majority of lecturers throughout this course are experts in the area and know their stuff. A small handful of the forensic-/CSI-oriented modules work as SOCOs or forensic scientists themselves outside of teaching so they really know their stuff – you probably met some of them on an open day!
- Course Content: I’ve said before and I will say it again, the best thing that I liked about the course was that the course modules were not all Forensic-based, but a variety of bog-standard biology modules that you would learn if studying a straight Biology degree. USW incorporate these to provide a good, standardised Biology/Forensic or Science/Forensic degree, that, should you decide you don’t want to pursue forensics after you graduate, you haven’t thrown away your chances of employment in other areas.
For more about the campus itself, and the local area of Treforest, check out my older blogs on ‘Factors that helped me choose the University I went to’ and ‘local places for food’ to make sure you wouldn’t starve here at uni.
Until next time,