Forensic Sciences includes all technic applications of scientific principles and methods in the examination or evaluation of evidence obtained during forensic or administrative investigations. The Forensic Science undergraduate is an interdisciplinary collaboration among academic units relevant to forensic science.
The success of preventing or clarifying all kinds of crimes such as terrorism, human trafficking, child abuse, cybercrime, illegal drug or arms trafficking, bribery, forgery or many others depends on the presence of qualified manpower working in the field of forensic sciences. In addition, it is directly connected to crime scene investigation in international standards and afterwards the analysis of the evidence collected from the crime scene or from the victim, suspect and witness by using modern information and technologies.
On the other hand in today's world, where criminals and crime have no borders, technological developments are closely followed by illegal forces as well as professionals who work in the field of forensic sciences. Forensic science professionals should be trained not only to transfer knowledge and technology from developed countries, but also to develop new equipment, methods and technologies for patenting and saving our country from foreign dependency.
Evidence collection and examination carried out in order to assist justice services require the correct evaluation and interpretation of the results obtained besides technical support. Proving the crime in a timely manner by evaluating the evidence obtained and reaching the real criminal is a human right for the victim and their relatives as well as for the criminal.
Evidence is not only biological origin such as blood, urine, sperm, bone but also offers a great variety such as written/printed documents, drug substance/precursors, explosive substance residues, fingerprints or shoe prints, firearms/shot residues, glass, paint, soil, fiber or sound/video recordings. Due to this wide range of diversity, almost all fields of health, life and social sciences are used in the collection, analysis and evaluation of evidence.
Forensic Sciences Program Content
In Turkey, as in all developed countries, we aim to provide undergraduate education for young people who will work in private or official criminal laboratories, carry out scientific research, develop new methods or equipment and put them into practice, by using the content shaped for this field of science. The transformation of our private or official expertise institutions and criminal laboratories into well-known, trusted, technology exporting and pioneering organizations in Europe and the world depends on this.
It is a well-known fact that the evidence obtained from the crime scene should be sent to the laboratories by mail or courier, since there are no criminal laboratories in every corner of our country.
It is very important to analyze all evidence, especially biological evidence, at the place where it was collected or in laboratories very close to it, in order to obtain reliable results and to eliminate the differences between laboratories. So much so that, developed countries are trying to benefit from tools and equipment that can examine evidence at the crime scene rather than taken to the laboratory.
Undergraduate education in the field of Forensic Sciences will generate graduates who can think interdisciplinary, have a strong and reliable scientific foundation, have a solid laboratory experience and carry the expertise to the future by developing new products and technologies in this field.
Thanks to the trained graduates, who would be competent analyzing a wide range of evidence, our quality assurance and society's belief in justice will increase.
Forensic Sciences department is preferred with the score obtained from the exam made by the Measurement, Selection and Placement Center (OSYM). The education period is 8 semesters and the language of instruction is Turkish. Those who complete the program are given the title of "Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science (B.S.F.S. )","Forensic Scientist". Postgraduate education can be continued after the program is completed.Forensic Sciences department is preferred with the score obtained from the exam made by the Measurement, Selection and Placement Center (OSYM). The education period is 8 semesters and the language of instruction is Turkish. Those who complete the program are given the title of "Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science (B.S.F.S. )","Forensic Scientist". Postgraduate education can be continued after the program is completed.
There are various scholarship opportunities within the university.
Forensic Graduates Job Opportunities
Graduates of the Forensic Sciences Undergraduate Program will be able to work as specialists in the following units with the title of "Forensic Scientist":
Ministry of Interior,
Criminal police laboratory directorates affiliated to the General Directorate of Security and/or the center,
Criminal Investigation and Technical Investigation Education Branch Directorate
Research and Development Branch Directorate,
Trust Teams Branch Office of Combating Substance Abuse,
Crime Scene Investigation and Identification Branch Directorate,
Interpol Branch Office,
Criminal Department of the Gendarmerie General Command and Regional Criminal Laboratory Supervisors,
Ministry of Justice,
Ministry of Justice Graduate School of Forensic Medicine Central Organization Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Morgue, Traffic Specialization Departments, Provincial Organization Forensic Medicine Group Presidency and Biology and Chemistry Departments established in the branch directorates,
As an expert in prosecution and courts,
Consumer Safety and Public Health laboratories of the General Directorate of Public Health affiliated to the Ministry of Health,
Customs and trade Ministry,
Official and private institutions that manufacture/import tools - equipment - kits used in criminal laboratories,
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry,
Research and application laboratory on forensic sciences of our universities, medical faculties, forensic medicine departments and faculties that undertake the duty of expertise on forensic sciences
TÜBİTAK, TÜBİTAK-BİLGEM (Advanced Genome and Bioinformatics Research Laboratory) as a criminalistics expert in private expertise laboratories that examine the evidence collected in criminal and civil cases,
Quality Control Laboratories,
As an expert in forensic sciences in insurance companies,
Bank headquarters cyber-crimes,
Information technologies field,
With self-employed lawyers affiliated with the Bar Association.
Graduates of Forensic Sciences department have the opportunity to continue their careers with postgraduate education in one of the Department of Forensic Sciences, Criminal Justice and Biosecurity of the Graduate School of Addiction and Forensic Sciences affiliated to the Rectorate of Uskudar University.