Should I get a degree in forensics

Forensics studies: courses, content, career opportunities

A forensics degree is one thing above all: extremely exciting. As a forensic scientist, you are decisively involved in the investigation of criminal offenses - regardless of whether they take place in the real or in the virtual world. A degree in forensics could be a good fit for you if you are interested in uncovering crimes, biology and chemistry or, alternatively, IT security.

Forensics studies in numbers: degree, job prospects, salary


In the 2016 forensic graduate examination, the average starting salary after the 1st state examination was € 14,200.


78% of all students who begin a forensics degree at a university also graduate.


Even up to 10 years after graduating from forensics, 100% of all graduates still have a job.


86% of all forensics graduates state that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the content of their job.

Entry-level industries for forensic graduates

Over half of the forensics graduates work in the service sector

Salary development for forensics graduates

After 10 years, the starting salary for forensic graduates increases sixfold

Forensics graduate class 2005

Where can I study forensics?

While there are already numerous opportunities to study forensics in other European countries, there are currently only a few universities in Germany that offer a complete forensics degree on a full-time basis. The interdisciplinary course is still relatively new!

Course recommendations

Among the few universities that specifically offer a forensics course, we recommend the courses at the Hochschule Fresenius, WINGs Hochschule and Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule - depending on the focus you are interested in and whether you are interested in face-to-face or distance learning.

The strengths of the Hochschule Fresenius are the support in small groups and the great practical relevance, which is particularly important when studying forensics. With distance learning at the WINGs University you have the advantage that you can structure your studies very flexibly. As a result, this university has particularly high success rates.

We recommend that you order the information material for the degree programs that interest you. It's free and only takes a few seconds. With the help of the information material, you can see at a glance how the different forensics courses differ, how the forensics course is structured and where the differences and focuses are in comparison.

Applied Chemistry for Analytics, Forensics and Life Science (B.Sc.)

  • Language: German
  • Start: WS
  • Face-to-face study

Economic Forensics (M.Sc.)

  • Language: German
  • Start: WS
  • Part-time studies

Important: There are also alternative courses of study