Forensic Science

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Forensic Science provides a number of solutions to solving mysteries as exhibited in the classic literature character Sherlock Holmes crime investigations.

Pathway

Forensic Science is the application of science to law and its enforcement. It fulfills the growing demand for expertise in investigatory, enforcement and monitoring work, including incident scene investigation, physical evidence collection, and laboratory analysis of evidence and defense of testimony.

Pursuing other degrees will provide alternative career opportunities within the field of forensics. For example, forensic engineers have a degree in engineering, while forensic odontologists have a Doctor of Dental Science degree.

Other areas include forensic nursing, forensic psychology and forensic psychiatry.

You may be able to complete the standard educational requirements for your respective programs and then take forensics classes that are usually offered by professional organizations.

Subject Focus

SPM:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

University:

In this course, you will take subjects such as crime scene investigation techniques, advanced chemical and microbiological analysis and specialist areas such as forensic toxicology and forensic anthropology.

Students will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with some of the latest analytical and specialist forensic facilities. In Malaysia, a world-class laboratory for forensics has been built for this purpose.

Personality Type

Do you love solving mysteries? Would you like to solve crimes by using fingerprint analysis to identify the suspect or find out the body’s temperature to determine time of death?

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

You should also realize that ANY type can be successful in ANY major or career.

Myers-Briggs: ISTP, INFJ, INFP

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Holland Vocational Code: IRC

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Career Info
  • Medical Examiner: Studies dead bodies and concludes the cause of death
  • Forensic Analyst: Collects and analyses physical evidence related to criminal investigations
  • Criminologists: Studies types of crime as well as criminal behaviour. Contributes any information regarding changes that should be considered in the correctional system
  • Forensics Ballistics Expert: Examines firearms used at a crime scene, as well as the effects of the projectiles of an explosive device. Tasked with matching the bullets, fragments and other evidence with weapons or alleged suspects or others involved in the case
  • Computer Forensics Specialist: Examines computer hard drives, storage devices like flash drives, mobile phones, PDAs, tablets etc. that may hold evidence that could be used in a court of law

Major companies active in Malaysia’s Forensic Science industry include:

  • Polis Diraja ­Malaysia (PDRM)
  • Kementerian Kesihatan
  • Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM)
  • Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ)
  • Kastam Diraja Malaysia (KDRM)
  • Jabatan Kimia
  • Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepeng­gunaan.

Work Environment:

The environment in which forensic scientists work may depend on their geographical location and area of specialty.

Large cities have higher crime rates, and tend to have large forensic departments — in this instance, crime scenes may be managed by specialist investigators who hand evidence over to labs.

In smaller towns, scientists may work crime scenes themselves, before moving onto lab analysis. Some forensic scientists, such as entomologists who study insect life on bodies to help analyze cause and time of death, may work in the field and in labs.

Salary

Entry-level: RM 2,300 to RM 2,500

Job Demand

In Malaysia:

Advances in scientific technology in examining crime scenes have turned forensic science into a high demand and rapidly growing career field. In Malaysia, only the police, health ministry forensic experts and chemistry department are involved in assisting the court with expert testimony and forensic reports, said UiTM Vice Chancellor Datuk Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar.

Generally, employment rate are dependent upon field development, government spending abilities, local population growth and the country’s crime rate. At present, the number of skilled, experienced forensic applicants is low. This means that those working for government departments are likely to receive positive employment prospects and benefits.

USEFUL LINKS TO ORGANISATIONS

Forensic Science Society of Malaysia
Department of Chemistry Malaysia
Malaysian Institute of Chemistry
Asian Forensic Science Network

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