Destination: Doctorate of Medicine (Forensic Medicine), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Germany
Forensic and Medical Sciences is a hybrid course comprising a variety of biomedical modules, such as Physiology, Microbiology and Genetics, and an in-depth education in crime scene procedures, evidence examination techniques and the role of an expert witness.
As an international student I chose this course solely because it combines the two areas I am interested in and it seemed like the ideal next step towards my future career aim, Forensic Pathology.
I just loved the variety of the course. In the morning you learned about human physiology and in the afternoon the lecturers talked about the different techniques to enhance fingerprints. Naturally, there was a lot of practical work both in the biomedical and the forensic aspects of the course. Working with bacteria or performing PCR in the biomedical laboratories was equally a part of my degree as examining evidence was in the forensics ones.
The forensic practical work was not restricted to the labs, as on occasions the campus itself was turned into a crime scene or we had to attend to a ‘burglary’ in the University’s Crime Scene Facility.
The highlight of my degree was my final-year project. Together with my supervisor I designed my own research project: 'Stabbing pattern analysis'. It was a lot of hard work and didn’t always yield the expected results, but it was also fun and I received so much support from my supervisor during this time. It was definitively worth all the effort and I am very happy that I had the chance to do practical work, because I have learned so much.
There is no doubt in my mind that I chose the right course at the right university.