The three-year degree course in Forensic Science was born in the spirit that embodies the Law Department of Foggia University which offers successful courses for professionals in tune with the ever-changing demands of the labour market.
The aim is to create a new type of ‘interactive’ professional who can work proficiently as a legal expert of forensic systems and is capable of dealing with the growing needs of an ever more complex society.
The course is taught through a combination of lessons, practical classwork, seminars and laboratory exercises. The lessons are held both in classrooms and online, depending on the subject being taught.
Unlike normal lessons, practical classwork and laboratory exercises are carried out by investigators and members of the police force.
Someone graduating in Forensic Science can be employed in criminal investigations working for the armed forces, the police force and, in the private sphere, as a private investigator. Indeed, this degree course enables graduates to become private investigators and provides a solid cultural and operative background to enter the armed forces and the police force.
With such aims in mind, the degree course offers an appropriate range of basic legal subjects as well as providing a detailed understanding of criminal matters and subjects relating to investigations and technical and forensic tests, a knowledge of major non-legal subjects (biochemistry, forensic medicine, fingerprinting) which may be useful in identifyng a crime, a detailed knowledge of criminology and psychology applied to decisional processes, techno-scientific skills, foreign language skills and IT skills, all necessary in helping to solve problems connected with investigations.
The course prepares people who wish to become:
- Private investigators (Ministerial Decree no. 269/2010)
- Expert witnesses
- Inspectors, operators and technical experts working for the penitentiary police
- Investigative collaborators
- Security chiefs
- Surveillance commissioners
- It enhances promotion prospects for those already employed in the penitentiary police, the police force, and the military police force (‘Carabinieri’)