Career In Forensic Science

Are you interested in human anatomy and forensics studies?

Then a career in forensic science is best for you.

Forensic science is a subject that fascinates most of us. It is the major study of science and criminal justice. Forensic Science is essentially a crime laboratory-based profession.

What is Forensic science?

Forensic science is the application of scientific knowledge and methodology to criminal investigations and legal problems. Forensic Science is a multidisciplinary subject, it encompasses various fields of science such as chemistry, biology, physics, geology, psychology, social science, engineering, etc.

Forensic science is used every around the world to protect public health, to enforce criminal laws and regulations and to resolve civil disputes.

The term forensic comes from the Latin term “forensis” that means “of or before the forum”. The history of the term originates from Roman times in the late nineteenth century.

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Who is the world first forensic scientist?

Archimedes is the first forensic scientist.

Forensic scientists are who help to collect, preserve, and examining physical evidence during the course of an investigation. Forensic Scientist must be methodical, accurate and unbiased.

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Scope of Forensic Science

The scope of forensic science study is vast. You can get jobs in various governments & private sectors. The study will improve your skills and knowledge. After completing your degree, you can open your own forensic practice & forensic service offices. You also may employ in Forensic Laboratories, Detective Offices, Banks and other Govt. and private agencies.

There are endless opportunities in this field because of unlimited crimes in the world is happening. So, the job opportunities in the field of forensic science are also endless. You can get a job in everywhere in India or in overseas.

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Courses & Duration

It is a good advantage for Medical science students to become forensic scientists. Forensic science is not a branch or discipline of science, but it is a catch-all for various distinct branches. Various universities in India offer certificate, bachelor and master courses in Forensic Science. Once you have done the master degree successfully, then you can even go for a Doctoral Degree course in Forensic Sciences.

Undergraduate Course (3 years):

  • B.Sc in Forensic Science

Post Graduate Courses (2 years):

  • M.Sc in Forensic Science
  • PG Diploma in Forensic Science

Doctoral Course (3 years):

  • Ph.D in Forensic Science
  • M.Phill in Forensic Science

Specializations of Forensic Science:

Below are some specializations in the field of forensic science:

  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Serology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Ballistics
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Botany

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of various fields of science
  • Technical Skills
  • Intelligent
  • Strong Analytical Skills
  • Keen Observation

Eligibility & Admission

How I make my career in Forensic Science?

  • First, candidates have to complete their 10+2 examination from science branch for admission into UG degree.
  • After completing a bachelor degree i.e. B.Sc, you can apply for the master degree that is M.Sc in Forensic Science.
  • Some private universities conduct its own entrance test for admission in master courses.

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Forensic Science University In India:

Below are some universities or institutions that offer the degree in forensic science:

  • Punjabi University
  • Bhim Rao Ambedkar University
  • Manipal University
  • University of Delhi
  • University of Lucknow
  • Gujarat Forensic Sciences University

Career & Jobs

Due to increase in crime rate and criminals, the scope of Forensic Science is increased exponentially. There are lots of job opportunities in the field of Forensic Science. The need of forensic scientists is huge all around the world, especially in India.

Some of the forensic scientists visit the crime scene to collect the evidence themselves and another one work in a forensic laboratory to perform analysis on objects.

In the forensic laboratory, they testify as expert observers in both criminal and civil cases and can work for either the defense or the prosecution.

Forensic scientists can be employed in the government sector. They work in different law enforcement agencies and investigation departments such as police, investigative services of state and central government and legal system. Some of the private agencies also employed those candidates who have some qualification in this field.

A trained forensic scientist may hire by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) & Intelligence Bureau (IB). You can also work as a freelancer as forensic scientists specializing in one segment & can be paid much. You can also work as a legal counselor after gaining experience as a Forensic Scientist.

Teaching is another interesting career for forensic scientists. You can work in the institutions that impart education in forensic science.

Candidates have a degree, they can explore the career in Forensic Science in the USA and other developed countries.

Job Profiles:

Below are some of the top designations in the field of forensic science:

  • Investigative officers
  • Legal counselors
  • Forensic Expert
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Teacher / Professor
  • Crime Reporter
  • Forensic Engineer
  • Law Consultant
  • Handwriting Expert

Top Recruiters:

Below are some recruiters in the field of forensic science:

  • Intelligence Bureau (IB)
  • Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
  • Central Govt. Forensic Sciences Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Private Detective Agencies
  • Law Firms
  • Police Department
  • Quality Control Bureau
  • Banks
  • Universities
  • Defense/Army


Most of the jobs of forensic science are in the government sector that why the salary is strictly based on the structure and pay scale. In Private sector, the agencies offer handsome salaries to experienced candidates. After completing a qualification in forensic science, the starting salary is between Rs. 3 Lac to Rs. 4 Lac per annum. With experience, professionals can earn Rs 6 Lac to Rs 8 Lacs per year.

If you are working in abroad, then you can earn the average salary of $55,040 per year.

Books and Study Material

Here, we are providing the best books related to forensic science:

  • Forensic Psychology by David Canter
  • Forensic Science by Jim Fraser
  • Forensics for Dummies by D.P. Lyle, MD
  • Forensic Science by Andrew R. W. Jackson
  • Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid
  • The Elements of Murder by John Emsley
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Science by Max M Houck
  • The Science of Sherlock Holmes by E.J. Wagner

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  1. Sunil patel says:

    Sir what I do after 12th class.. For become a good expert in forensic branch
    Sir please tell me

  2. adith says:

    Thank you for the idea given to me about this.

  3. surya prakash says:

    sir can you suggest me the colleges and the courses offered by them at Chennai,TamilNadu

  4. Ramkumar says:

    am completed pg.diploma in criminology and forensic science
    in DE any job for it

  5. Vamsi Krishna says:

    Dear Sir / Madam / Friend

    I did my in Mechanical Engineering and M.Tech in Machine Design. Am very much passionate about Forensic Science and Criminology. Could anyone please guide me how to approach for the courses and which is better one.

  6. kajal p. shelke says:

    now im in ty biotechnology. how can i apply for msc forensic science??

  7. Kalyani pimplapure says:

    I want to do further study in forensic science but now I completed my back in microbiology.
    Can I do it?
    Plz tell me!

  8. Priyam yadav says:

    Sir I’m a student of bsc 2nd year can i do msc by forensic science

  9. Suma says:

    I m studying bsc 2 year in forensic science i want to work in forensic laboratory i m not interested in msc is there any exam to work in forensic laboratory

  10. Sirisha panga says:

    Sir I cmplt my bsc nursing….can I do msc in forensic

  11. pratiti says:

    i am appearing for 10+2 exam this year can u plz suggest me the best nd courses on forensic science..?

  12. Ranger says:

    After taking pcmc can i go for forensic

  13. anilkumar says:

    i completed my B.Tech in CHEMICAL ENGINEERING…how can i get into the course?and what are the preference should be taken? and also colleges to be prefer? is there any chance to my graduation course

  14. naveen says:

    hi i completed Msc criminology and forensic science..
    if any job, related to my filed please let me know

  15. navya says:

    sir,am completed my intermediate bipc, batch:2013 with 80%, and was completed with 68% batch: 2017, I want to do forensic science course is there any entrance for this fee structure..

  16. ganga says:

    is it possible to do msc forensic after completing UG in any other subject ,which is also based on science

  17. DEVI says:

    I hav done with my 12th examination…should i have 2 do NEET or any other entrace exms..or jus go for BSc in forensic?

  18. shivani says:

    is forensic science is possible after completing btech in biotechnology ???? if yes then plzz tell me what should i do?

  19. Rashmi turkar says:

    Forensic science se msc ke baad direct ek high class govt job kese milegi ???

  20. Alfi rahman says:

    I have completed my graduation wd bsc bio science can l entered in msc forensic science
    Plzzzz reply

  21. Alka kushwah says:

    Sir,kya ye girls ke liye achchi field h or ise msc chemistry wale kr skte h kya

  22. Sahil says:

    I have done my diploma in operation theatre technology and im planning to do forensic science but I wanna ask how many year it will take to complete forensic science because after completing d.o.t.t course in o.t.t is just 2 year degree

  23. Suszanne says:

    I hav done with my 12th examination…should i have 2 do NEET or any other entrace exms..or jus go for BSc in forensic?

  24. Shikha says:

    I wish to know the admission process for B.Sc Forensic Science. What is scope and future after completion of this course. Is this a good choice for girls? My daughter is interested please provide answers to my query. Thanks.

  25. fayaz says:

    Good evening sir
    I was completed bsc biotechnology
    I want to do forensic course
    what is the fee and there any collges in hyderabad

  26. Kanchan kashyap says:

    hello sir,
    right now i m doing bsc from forensic science…..1st year…..can u plz tell me what i need to do to take addmision in gujrat forensic univesity fir msc

  27. Urmi says:

    Sir can I get after bsc biotechnology in MSc forensic science does it required any entrance to get admission

    • Hanif Khan says:

      Yes you can get. Through good institution you have to deal with entrance but some of the average institutions offer without entrance.

  28. Munna says:

    Now I’m studying in +2wht should do to study forensic science I need admission in manipal university

  29. fathima says:

    I did bsc chemistry and im iterested to do msc forensic science but im confused that whether can i get a job in my hometown ernakulam

  30. Bhagyashree says:

    Which entrance exam is required for After Bsc Zoology take admission In MSc Forensic Science ?

  31. ravu says:

    Sir am cl-12 student n am really confuse that I should go for forensic science or not can I purse PhD in forensic science after bsc

  32. Sougandhi says:

    I have studying pharm d 5th year can i aligible for fornsic

  33. MOUMITA says:


  34. rishabh rathod says:

    Sir,after 12 exam dene me baad isme selecting marks and govt ollages mikte hain ki hme WO bsc ya MSC phle doosre cllge we krni hogi

  35. Ashhar chauhan says:

    I did msc in biochemistry , currently im doing ms in forensic chemistry , can i do phd in ‘forensic toxicology’ ???

  36. HARI says:

    I have comppleted be am i eligible

  37. juby says:

    I m a BDS Undergraduate .Is it possible to take forensic
    PG ..

  38. Mrinal says:

    The salary is too low
    Is the salary line for both private and government????

  39. Neetu Rawat says:

    I m bmlt student can I do in forensic science…

  40. shailja says:

    I hd done bsc in biotechnology cn I do masters in forensic sci

  41. shahnaz says:

    I am a Bscc microbiology stugent .. can I get admission in Msc forensic science… is there anyone who can tell me …no one has replied anyone’s question .. please tell me..

  42. vanshika says:

    Hey I m in same condition I alzo want to go in forensic effective detective line after BSc in PCM ; I m bs c student plz tell me

  43. Vanshika says:

    A bsc pcm and msc in forensic science student how. Can get entered in forensic science line ?plz tell me

  44. Anjali says:

    Kya girls k liye Ye field sahi h isme wese hi opportunities Girls ko milegi

  45. Saloni says:

    bsc biotechnology student can apply for msc in forensic science .
    And what’s the procedure

  46. Lucky Kumawat says:

    Sir , i Am Complete my Graduation with CBZ , Can I Eligible For In Forensic science..

  47. peeyush soni says:

    sir pg diploma in forensic science karne ke bad govt. sectors me kya future he
    or iske alawa or kis kis me future he is course ke

  48. Imran Ansari says:

    Sir it is possible forensic science after completing hons sir plz reply me

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