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Forensic Science
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Glykeria Kovaiou

As the years of my bachelor’s studies progressed, I begun to realise that I yearned for an opportunity to connect my physics knowledge with something that would offer a more pragmatic perspective and ideally be socially connected. The Master’s Forensic Science (MFS) fulfils this desire.

The first MFS year was definitely challenging, in more ways than one. Firstly, the inherent complexity of having to dive into different scientific disciplines and gain insight on concepts foreign to your background. However, this interdisciplinary aspect is exactly what makes this master’s programme unique and intriguing. Each course offered an opportunity to study the forensic implementation of a certain discipline and depending on their background each student had something to contribute. This only made me more conscious of the fact that through structured collaboration the optimal result can be achieved. In addition, we were not limited to science disciplines, as we are introduced into concepts from law and ethics as well. This fascinating process was only up against the obstacles created by the COVID19 pandemic. However, during the year I definitely felt that students and teachers alike tried their best to tackle these difficulties.

With my previous education in Physics, I was thrilled to explore exactly how the relevant topics can be applied in the domain of forensics. The second blocks’ course 'Research and Innovation in Forensic Biophysics' primarily focused on highlighting exactly that. Introducing Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, a fascinating application of fluid dynamics and techniques relevant to the determination of Post-Mortem Interval but also the visualization of various traces recovered at the crime scene. Moreover, the dating of bruises and fingerprint analysis were explored, highlighting the interplay of pure physical concepts with other scientific domains such as biology and chemistry. Also, the second-year elective course 'Observer Based Techniques' focuses on another relevant area which is deriving from Physics: Ballistics.  Through these courses I managed to see for myself that the application of the physical concepts I had familiarized myself during my previous studies can offer a substantial aid in the investigation process and in the world of forensics.

In the end, I feel that my choice was definitely worth it. This programme has offered me the opportunity to test myself, my interests and my limits, all within the certainty that this is an effort worth making. Looking at the second year, I can only be sure of the fact that many more challenges will arrive, but I feel confident that I can overcome those as well.