Summary: Taking criminal investigation as an example, fragments of glass, paint flakes, fibres, footwear marks or DNA extracted from body fluids can help provide evidence to link individuals with each other or with the scene of a crime. The challenge is deciding which samples to examine and how to obtain the best evidential value by analysing and interpreting them. Course details: On this degree course you gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to meet these challenges. You gain hands-on experience in well-equipped laboratories where you use an array of scientific and analytical techniques commonly used to investigate a crime, examine items and recover evidence. You also practice delivering your expert testimony in our on-campus replica courtroom.In addition to learning the vital skills relevant to a forensic scientist, the course is multi-disciplinary such that you will also develop an in-depth understanding of key biology and chemistry subjects such as biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, toxicology and analytical chemistry.Potential careers include crime and forensic investigation, forensic science, forensic anthropology, analytical chemistry, pharmaceuticals and teaching.Starting salaries for graduate forensic scientists are around £20,000, increasing to £45,000+ when a senior level is reached (prospects.ac.uk 2015). After the course: Possible areas include crime and forensic investigation, forensic science, analytical science, either in industry or with a forensic science provider, forensic anthropology, pharmaceuticals, teaching, research science and any other job that calls for sound scientific and investigative skills.