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Forensic scientists apply scientific knowledge and skills to investigate crimes. The information they provide may help the police to find or eliminate a suspect in a crime. Forensic scientists usually specialize in one area of forensics, such as DNA analysis, firearms examination, or toxicology, which is the analysis of body samples for traces of drugs and poisons. (GOSTUDY)

The service that forensic analysts provide is invaluable in police and legal work, and their expertise is called upon to detect traces or confirm the presence of substances such as poison, drugs and alcohol, in the human body at post-mortems. This information is then used by the police to assist in solving crimes and by the legal profession to secure convictions or to prove innocence. (GOSTUDY)

Admission is subject to selection. This programme focuses on how science can be used to analyse and interpret different crime scenes. This includes Chemistry, Physics, Genetics, and Entomology. After completion of this study, the student will have a thorough basic knowledge of the physical and biological science aspects of Forensic Sciences. The student will be able to specialise on postgraduate level (up to PhD) in Forensic Sciences, Forensic Genetics, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Entomology, Forensic Physics, Genetics, and Chemistry (depending on final-year majors).

Our faculty is a vibrant place that attracts both national and international students as a result of its stimulating curriculum, and to which scholars are lured because of our exciting research agenda. We are an engaged faculty, whose interactions with its community is integrated with research and teaching. The faculty provides opportunities for further study, research, and scholarly community engagement in diverse disciplines spanning the natural, agricultural, and building sciences.


FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT ANY OF THESE PROGRAMMES PLEASE CONTACT:

Enquiries: Dr Karen Ehlers | +27 51 401 3978


Requirements

  • NSC and an AP of 34
  • Language of instruction on level 4 (50%)
  • Mathematics on level 6 (70%)
  • Life Sciences on level 6 (70%)
  • Physical Sciences on level 5 (60%)
  • Subject to selection. The NBT results will be used for selection and admission purposes. No person with a criminal record will be admitted to this programme. Closing date for applications is 29 September 2017.

     

  • NBT for Academic (AL) and Quantitative (QL) Literacy Test; and Mathematics Test (MT)

Forensic Sciences

Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction Mathematics Life Sciences Physical Sciences Compulsory National Benchmark Test Campus
BSc majoring in Forensic Sciences BC433031 34 4 (50%) 6 (70%) 6 (70%) 5 (60%) AL, QL, MT BC
Subject to selection. The NBT results will be used for selection and admission purposes. No person with a criminal record will be admitted to this programme. Closing date for applications is 29 September 2017.

ADMISSION

Pay attention to the following important information:

  • Higher Education South Africa (HESA) set specific admission requirements that you must meet if you want to study at any South African university. If you finished school in or after 2008, and have a National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need the following to apply for admission to a Bachelor's Degree at any South African university:
    • Four (4) of the seven (7) subjects included in your NSC subject package, must be from the designated subject list.
    • Achieve a performance level of at least 4 (50%) in each of these four (4) subjects
  • All admission requirements apply to first year students in 2018.
  • Admission to study at the UFS is dependent on the following:
    • Your application meets all the minimum requirements for the programme
    • The programme must have available space and capacity to admit students
    • You have to submit valid school results with your application
  • The UFS reserves to right to change the minimum requirements of each programme without notifying you.
  • Applications for all non-selection programmes close on 29 September 2017.

An admission point (AP) consisting of seven levels is used. Points will be awarded for six academic modules.
No points will be awarded for achievement levels lower than 30%:

Percentage 7 (90-100%) 7 (80-89%) 6 (70-79%) 5 (60-69%) 4 (50-59%) 3 (40-49%) 2 (30-39%)
AP 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

One point is awarded for Life Orientation (LO) from achievement level 5 (60%) or higher.


How to apply

APPLICATION TO STUDY AT THE UFS IS FREE FOR SA, SADC AND NON-SADC STUDENTS

ONLINE application: Go to www.ufs.ac.za. Follow the link 'how to apply' - online application. For assistance, contact +27 51 401 9538.

Remember to upload copies of:

  • Your ID or passport
  • Your parent's ID or passport if you are younger than 18 years
  • Your Grade 11 final results and Grade 12 June results, both with the school's stamp
  • Your academic records if you are a current student at another institution of higher learning

WRITTEN application: Go to www.ufs.ac.za. Follow the link 'how to apply' and download the application. Complete and sign it, and post it with all the relevant documentation to The Application Office, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300.

Remember to include copies of:

  • Your ID or passport
  • Your parent's ID or passport if you are younger than 18 years
  • Your Grade 11 final results and Grade 12 June results, both with the school's stamp
  • Your academic records if you are a current student at another institution of higher learning

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT ANY OF THESE PROGRAMMES PLEASE CONTACT:

Enquiries: Dr Karen Ehlers | +27 51 401 3978

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