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Criminology is division of science which deals with crime and its prevention. Forensic science is a part in criminology, as it helps the criminologist to learn and utilize the evidences logically. It is mostly used to determine the latest methods of crime carried out by criminals.

 

Forensic scientist and criminologists work together to guard citizens against criminal activities. Forensic science and criminology has emerged as a challenging career option in the current social scenario.

 

Forensic Science and Criminology courses are offered in certificate, diploma, graduate and postgraduate degrees.

Key courses in forensic science and criminology are: -

 

  • Certificate Course in forensic Science
  • Diploma in Forensic Science and Criminology
  • Diploma in Cyber Crime
  • Bachelor of Forensic Science and Criminology
  • Masters of Forensic Science and Criminology Research
  • Masters in Forensic Science and Criminology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science and Criminology

 

Scope of Criminology in India: -

In India there are various job opportunities for those who have pursued a course in criminology. Graduates and post graduates can be appointed as teachers in the area of legal studies, sociology and law. A criminologist can get a job in private and public sector or social welfare departments. Criminology professional are also being hired by NGOs, private security and detective agencies.

Basic Eligibility

UG:

 

For admission into bachelor’s degree a student must pass higher secondary education or 10+2 from any recognized institute or university of India.


PG:

 

For admission into bachelor’s degree a student must pass higher secondary education or 10+2 from any recognized institute or university of India.


Others:

 

Diploma Eligibility: -

For admission into the diploma program one needs to have a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks.


Job Prospects

There is high demand for forensic criminologists and scientist in both public and private sector. There are several job opportunities for professionals in this field as research assistant, forensic scientist, criminologist, investigator and an approaching profession in various governments, private and public sector organizations such as private investigation agencies, CBI, AIIMS, police, etc. Government organizations that recruit forensic criminologists are railways, banks, forensic labs, armed force department, insurance companies etc.

Those who have relevant experience in the field of criminology can set up their own private detective agencies to perform operations. Criminologists can focus on different specialized areas related to crime such as robbery, murder, rape and other areas. The scope of forensic and criminology also stretch to finger print analysis, child abuse cases, drug abuse, microscopic tissue investigation, DNA analysis and anti-piracy.

Pay package: -

The salary of a forensic science expert may differ from one institution to other depending on the position  they are working in. Those professionals who are working in government sector will have a fixed salary and other benefits whereas the salary for a private detective may vary on the basis of the cases they are handling.

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