New forensic science degree

  • Education
  • Sunday, 13 Sep 2020

WHILE many may think that a career in forensic science is all about dissecting dead bodies, UCSI University Forensic Science programme head Dr Nur Haliza Hassan clarifies that it is a much broader field.

“Not all forensic tasks involve handling corpses. At the hospital, the act of dissecting the body is carried out by a forensic pathologist, and not a chemist or a forensic science officer,” she said during the launch of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) Forensic Science programme at UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur (pic).

According to Dr Nur Haliza, there has been a growing demand for forensic science experts in today’s job market as more agencies and departments begin to explore this field.

“This demand provides more career opportunities for forensic and chemical experts. Chemistry subjects make up 30% of this new programme, which qualifies our graduates to sign up as registered chemists at the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry.

“This is important as it allows our graduates to sign chemical reports in criminal cases that are presented in the Malaysian courts. Graduates are also able to work in the analytical chemistry sector, within various companies such as oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, paint and coating, as well as private investigation,” she said.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Forensic Science senior lecturer Dr Raja Muhammad Zuha Raja Kamal Bashah and Royal Malaysia Police forensic officer Insp How Xin Ni were present to share their experiences and information related to the world of forensic science.

The event was also attended by the UCSI Group founder and chief executive officer Datuk Peter Ng; UCSI University vice-chancellor, president and senior academician Prof Datuk Dr Khalid Yusoff; Malaysian Forensic Science Association president Datuk Dr Yew Chong Hooi; and Chemistry Department Malaysia deputy director-general (policy) Abdul Rahim Shadan.

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