How Many Years Does It Take To Became A Forensic Scientist?


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Iris Phillips Profile
Iris Phillips answered
To become an assistant forensic scientist you will need to spend at least three years at university and achieve a 2.2 degree in a scientific degree. A masters degree, which takes a further one year studying, is not essential, but will massively improve your chances of selection as the job is becoming extremely popular.
To become an assistant forensic scientist, four GCSEs grades A-C are needed - which must include English and maths or a science as well as an A-level in a scientific subject (biology or chemistry). These can all be done at college by the age of 18. Most of your training will be done on the job, but you will be required to show some knowledge and understanding of scientific process. 
Forensic science has become extremely popular in the last few years and as a result, forensic scientist jobs have become equally competitive. There are exceptional volumes of applicants for each job and so very strict short listing criteria are exercised. This often starts with qualifications; most applicants will now have a Masters or PhD qualification, which means they have studied for at least seven years. It is not necessarily a requirement for the job, but when an employer has to get narrow down 300 applicants in order to interview 300, it is one of the easiest ways to filter applications and so could easily mean the difference between getting an interview or not.
Another great way to step out from the crowd is to gain experience in some laboratory-based work, preferably in a paid position.
Aisha Profile
Aisha answered
In order to become a Forensic Scientist, you would have to undertake an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Biology or any other natural science field. Then you would have to undergo a graduate study in MSFS or Masters in Forensic Sciences. This would make you eligible for entry level jobs in Forensic science and thus you can become a forensic scientist. It would take 4 years for the undergraduate degree after high school and further 2 years for the Masters degree.
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First and foremost, a person aspiring to enter the field of forensic science must have a strong background in science and a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of science. Earlier it was merely a part of the training course to become a police officer, but nowadays, many universities have started teaching forensic science even at the undergraduate college degree level. Many students now enroll for graduate degree programs in forensic science. To pursue forensic science, a person must have a college degree with majors in chemistry, biology or a related science.

After completing their course, they can find work in a forensic laboratory or a crime laboratory where they can work as DNA analysts, trace evidence, drug analysts and investigators with the departments that question documents, illegal firearms, etc. There is a great demand in the present- day scenario for professional forensic scientists including forensic psychologists, forensic psychiatrists and other professionals who possess a Masters degree in science with a specialisation in forensic science.
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Shezan Shaikh answered
A person who wants to pursue a career in forensic science must be firstly prepared to stomach the gory crime scene evidence, but if one is into science and is ready to face the crime scene evidence then forensics may be the apt field. To become a forensic scientist certain degrees and basic training are required. One must have a bachelor's degree in either biological or physical sciences. Many degrees offer specialized subjects like criminalistics, etc. At graduate level; one must have a degree in the specialised area of forensic studies that one desires. For example, forensic dentist, forensic pathologist, etc. One can also get an associates degree in criminal justice, etc or in any biological and physical sciences. Volunteer work is also important in becoming a Forensic Scientist. One must volunteer to work in some crime laboratory as part of gaining experience.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It takes 6 years in total.
Arun Raj Profile
Arun Raj answered
Forensics involves making use of science to analyse evidence in the scene of crime to nab the criminal.  On a bachelor's level, you must have a degree in physical or biological sciences.  There are educational programs that offer specialized areas for criminal study like pathology, toxicology and criminalstics. Many forensic scientists are armed either with doctorate or Masters degree in their area of speciality like forensic dentist (DDS), forensic pathologist (MD), forensic anthropolist (PhD) etc. To gain sufficient exposure, you may also volunteer to work at a toxicology laboratory.

Most of forensic scientists in the UK are employed either in police laboratories or with the government. The biggest employer in UK is Forensic Science Services (FSS). To work in the FSS, the minimum required to work as an ASO(Assistant Scientific Officer), the most junior post in FSS are four GCSEs, or equivalent at A,B or C grades(including English, Maths and Science subjects). Even if you do not want to work for FSS but other laboratories, your GCE qualification can be quite handy. For more information, you can go to . To know about the top forensic schools in the US, you can go to
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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Well I just finished college and I'm starting my job as one in November. It took me 4 years plus two because I got my Masters degree.
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Vikash Swaroop answered
To become a forensic scientist, first of all you need to know the definition of the forensic science. It describes a process in which various procedures are being utilized to determine the cause of the death of a person about whom there is any legal case is registered. In other words you can say that it assist the legal process.

There are some divisions also in which you can divide the subject and it include forensic accounting, forensic economics, forensic anthropology, forensic engineering, forensic linguistic, forensic epistemology, forensic psychology, forensic biology, digital forensics and forensic serology.

You are not only required to know the various divisions but also the functions that each division serves. It will help you to get specialization in the area of your choice.
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Anonymous answered
You will need maths english and science at grades A*-C and will need at least 1 A level you will also need a forgien language and maybe geography / physiology / morden history...
Good luck
ps: You will have 2 do aproxamtly 13 yrs of tranning xx

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