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The Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology hosts a group that defines themselves as the Biomedical Forensic Science group or BFS group. The BFS offer programmes that provide students with biomedical forensic science knowledge, attitudes, and skills to apply in a variety of forensic scientific settings, which are locally applicable and globally relevant. Students will be able to contribute to the international body of research in Biomedical Forensic Science. The BFS group started in 2011 with the appointment of Dr Marise Heyns as the first Convenor of the MPhil Biomedical Forensic science programme. This was the first of the programmes offered and its background may be found in the links on the right hand side.

Forensic Science is about the presentation of scientific evidence in a court of law. By its very nature it is multi-disciplinary covering biological, chemical and physical sciences, as well as law and psychology.

What skills do you need to be a forensic scientist?

You'll need:

• a logical and analytical approach to problems

• highly developed observation and scientific skills

• a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

• strong written and spoken communication skills

As a forensic scientist you'll provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the judicial process in criminal and civil investigations.