Emily - MSc Advanced Forensic Analysis
Studied: BSc(Hons) Forensic Science and MSc Advanced Forensic Analysis.
Having left UWE Bristol with BSc(Hons) Forensic Science and MSc Advanced Forensic Analysis, Emily has received numerous academic awards. She is now undertaking a PhD in underwater forensic investigation.
Mastering forensic science
With modules in all three key areas of forensic science and fantastic facilities such as the crime scene house, there's a lot to learn about this practical hands on course.
Hear from current student Emily about why she chose to study at UWE Bristol and how the MSc Advanced Forensic Analysis is helping her to achieve her dream of undertaking a PhD.
After UWE Bristol
Following her MSc at UWE Bristol – and some work as a pumpkin carver and Christmas elf – Emily started working at cosmetics company Acheson and Acheson as a Laboratory Technician. She stayed here for eight months, gaining valuable lab experience, before moving to the University of Portsmouth. Here she worked as a research assistant in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) working on forensic research projects, including the Ivory Project, an interdisciplinary project looking at the role played by the UK’s antiques trade in the trade in ivory. It hopes to better understand and regulate this area of commerce both nationally and internationally.
Achieving her dream
After a year as a research assistant, Emily moved on to a funded PhD. Her research focuses on fingermark recovery from objects that have been submerged in water, as well as crime scene procedure for underwater crime scenes - in summary, underwater forensic investigation. She also teaches on a Criminology with Forensic Studies degree course. She is still working with the Ivory Project, but as a research assistant to the project’s Law aspect with the Portsmouth School of Law.
Emily presented her PhD and Ivory research at the International Association of Forensic Science (IAFS) in Toronto in August 2017. She has also presented her PhD and Master’s work at the Forensic Science Society conferences in the UK in 2015 and 2017, as well as at internal University of Portsmouth conferences. Her posters at such conferences have won numerous prizes.