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Study Forensics

Forensic science is best suited for people with an inquisitive mind. If you enjoy problem-solving and have a knack for looking into the finer details of things, studying forensics may be good career choice.

$60,590

$60,590: median salary of a forensics technician

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16,640 forensic scientists in the US in 2020

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14% growth in demand for forensics experts in US alone

Forensic science is a field that majorly applies to both civil law and criminal law, tilting towards the latter. It is used to figure out how a crime scene has gone about, nitpicking every single detail, and gathering evidence from it. Cases such as sexual abuse and murder depend critically on forensic scientists to piece together all elements for the investigators to bring about justice. On the civil law side, forensic scientists are helpful in determining whether a person charged with a civil offense such as willingly polluting the air or a water source is guilty of the crime or not. The major difference between the traditional sciences and forensic science is that the practitioners of the latter apply it in legal matters. The following are the major fields in forensics:
Forensic anthropology – relating to skeletal remains for evidence and data collection and analytics.
Digital and Computer forensics – as the name suggests, it deals with electronics and data in digital form, particularly concerned with finding a “digital fingerprint”.
Forensic pathology – as always, the victim can tell everything even after they have passed. The human body can always be studied via laboratory analysis implementing mainly chemistry and biology.
Toxicology – this particular field deals with all types of traces elements in the human body and understands how they impact its functioning. For example, the ‘date-rape drug’ can be found in the victim’s body after the crime has occurred to establish evidence for the case.
Forensic engineering – this field deals with the investigation of failures as they relate to law and legal matters. They are meant to find out why a certain structure, product, etc. failed to function and what might be the cause behind it, leading to the entity on which the blame falls.
If you are looking for a career in forensic sciences, you need to ask yourself if you have an aptitude for this field. The things you need to be good at are data collection, analysis of data and evidence, a grip on mathematics and statistics, along with natural sciences, and mainly a problem-solving mind. However, this natural ability in all is not a must, aside from a problem-solving, analytical mind, almost all else can be learned along the way. The main focus and success factor is the motivation for choosing this field. If solving complex issues, finding a needle in the haystack, connecting the dots, and extracting information from data where others fail to do so is your thing, this field can be very well suited for your abilities. In short, thinking, solving, and writing are your friends.
When opting for a forensic science program, always look at several factors such as the length of the programs, course requirements, concentration options, requirement and provision of internships, whether the coursework is in-line with your professional choices and interests, and is the school you are applying to accredited. Researching these things will help you make the best decision of where you want to go and how you want to go about it if you decide to pursue a career in this field.

The average tuition fee per year in a forensic science program is between $10,000-$20,000 in the U.S. While not mandatory, a high GPA in this is usually required to enroll in a forensic science program. However, if someone already has a bachelor’s degree or doesn’t want to enroll in a 4-year program, they can also opt to become a Forensic Science Technician. In the U.S., the cost to become a Forensic Science Technician would be between $8000-$15,000.
Since the advent of forensics, it has been a growing field as there is always a need for good minds to solve complex problems. The demand for forensic scientists is predicted to increase by over 14% in the United States alone. With growing populations and a move towards the digital realm in the 21st century, the future of forensics is expanding from helping in investigations of homicides, data leaks, financial misappropriations, and cybersecurity among others. The need in highly populated metropolitans of the U.S., India, and China are more and more in need of skilled forensic scientists due to high physical and digital crime rates. The expected demand for forensic experts has been predicted to grow for the decade (the 2020s).
There are a variety of different career pathways you can explore in forensics:

Forensic technicians:


You will be working with law enforcement agencies providing expertise in criminal cases by performing lab and field tests to analyze data and evidence collected to bring more light as to what may have happened at the crime scene. Finding fingerprints at the crime scene, determining the time of death of a murder victim, or finding out if a person has been a victim of drug abuse would be part of the job. From working with blood to dead bodies can be part of the daily work along with dealing with the substance of critical nature such as toxins.

Digital forensic investigator / information security analyst:


Your job will be in the digital world of the computers. You will have to constantly test the cybersecurity systems of your employers and find out where the weak link in the chain exists and how it can be improved. As an investigator, you will be working to find out how a security breach has occurred, and where your job comes to finding that digital fingerprint that someone has left somewhere in the system.

Researcher:


As a researcher, you can become an expert on the theoretical/practical side of the subject depending on what you’re interested in. This would see you doing lab work the majority of the time to understand your specific field in-depth and be approached by those that are in need of your expert knowledge.

Top Forensics courses

  • 在史翠斯克萊大學
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    Glasgow , United Kingdom

    泰晤士高等教育世界大學排名: 401

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    博士學位

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    TWD 2,333,055 ? GBP  63,450 課程費用僅供參考,請與您的IDP顧問聯繫以了解最新的課程價格

  • 在林肯大學
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    Lincoln , United Kingdom

    泰晤士高等教育世界大學排名: 501

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    博士學位

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    TWD 1,206,055 ? GBP  32,800 課程費用僅供參考,請與您的IDP顧問聯繫以了解最新的課程價格

  • 在克蘭菲爾德大學
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    Cranfield , United Kingdom

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    博士學位

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    6.5

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    TWD 2,398,137 ? GBP  65,220 課程費用僅供參考,請與您的IDP顧問聯繫以了解最新的課程價格

Top Universities to study Forensics

新英格蘭大學

The University of New England

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新南威爾斯大學

The University of New South Wales

THE ranking: 70

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雪梨科技大學

University of Technology Sydney

THE ranking: 143

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迪肯大學

Deakin University

THE ranking: 251

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斯威本科技大學

Swinburne University of Technology

THE ranking: 301

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弗林德斯大學

Flinders University

THE ranking: 251

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莫道克大學

Murdoch University

THE ranking: 501

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坎培拉大學

University of Canberra

THE ranking: 170

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西澳大學

The University of Western Australia

THE ranking: 132

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格里菲斯大學

Griffith University

THE ranking: 201

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西雪梨大學

Western Sydney University

THE ranking: 201

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特倫大學

Trent University

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勞倫森大學

Laurentian University

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安大略理工大學

Ontario Tech University

THE ranking: 601

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漢博公立理工學院

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

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聖瑪麗大學

Saint Mary's University

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西門菲莎大學

Simon Fraser University

THE ranking: 201

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溫莎大學

University of Windsor

THE ranking: 601

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西安大略大學

King's University College at Western University

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多倫多大學

University of Toronto

THE ranking: 18

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英屬哥倫比亞理工學院

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

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萊姆頓學院

Lambton College

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奧塔哥大學

The University of Otago

THE ranking: 201

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諾桑比亞大學

Northumbria University

THE ranking: 401

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倫敦大學倫敦國王學院

King's College London

THE ranking: 35

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奧克蘭大學

The University of Auckland

THE ranking: 137

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提賽德大學

Teesside University

THE ranking: 1001

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利物浦約翰摩爾斯大學

Liverpool John Moores University

THE ranking: 401

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艾克斯特大學

University of Exeter

THE ranking: 143

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史翠斯克萊大學

University of Strathclyde

THE ranking: 401

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卡地夫都會大學

Cardiff Metropolitan University

THE ranking: 1001

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肯特大學

University of Kent

THE ranking: 351

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倫敦大學瑪莉皇后學院

Queen Mary University of London

THE ranking: 125

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中央蘭開夏大學

University of Central Lancashire

THE ranking: 801

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考文垂大學

Coventry University

THE ranking: 601

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帝門大學

De Montfort University

THE ranking: 601

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金斯頓大學

Kingston University London

THE ranking: 801

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約克大學

University of York

THE ranking: 169

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桑德蘭大學

University of Sunderland

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普茲茅斯大學

University of Portsmouth

THE ranking: 501

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布列福大學

University of Bradford

THE ranking: 601

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基爾大學

Keele University

THE ranking: 501

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赫爾大學

University of Hull

THE ranking: 601

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羅伯特戈登大學

Robert Gordon University

THE ranking: 1001

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西英格蘭大學

University of the West of England

THE ranking: 401

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林肯大學

University of Lincoln

THE ranking: 501

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里茲貝克特大學

Leeds Beckett University

THE ranking: 801

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鄧迪大學

University of Dundee

THE ranking: 201

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克蘭菲爾德大學

Cranfield University

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赫德斯菲爾德大學

University of Huddersfield

THE ranking: 601

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伍爾弗漢普頓大學

University of Wolverhampton

THE ranking: 1001

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南威爾斯大學

University of South Wales

THE ranking: 1001

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安格利亞羅斯金大學

Anglia Ruskin University

THE ranking: 301

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西倫敦大學

University of West London

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格林威治大學

University of Greenwich

THE ranking: 601

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史塔福德郡大學

Staffordshire University

THE ranking: 1001

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德比大學

University of Derby

THE ranking: 601

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綠河社區大學

Green River College

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Lynn University

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Hillsborough Community College

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國家大學

National University

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坦帕大學

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Duquesne University

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德州大學艾爾帕索分校

University of Texas - El Paso

THE ranking: 801

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德州理工大學

Texas Tech University

THE ranking: 601

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喬治華盛頓大學

George Washington University

THE ranking: 201

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密西根州立大學

Michigan State University

THE ranking: 93

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波士頓大學

Boston University

THE ranking: 62

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德州農工大學

Texas A and M University - College Station

THE ranking: 193

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紐澤西理工學院

New Jersey Institute of Technology

THE ranking: 501

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威斯康辛大學密爾瓦基分校

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

THE ranking: 601

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猶他大學

University of Utah

THE ranking: 251

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卓克索大學

Drexel University

THE ranking: 351

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愛荷華州立大學

Iowa State University

THE ranking: 401

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威奇塔州立大學

Wichita State University

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雪城大學

Syracuse University

THE ranking: 351

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紐約州立大學奧爾巴尼分校

SUNY University at Albany

THE ranking: 351

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佛羅里達國際大學

Florida International University

THE ranking: 501

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德州大學阿靈頓分校

University of Texas - Arlington

THE ranking: 601

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

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佩斯大學

Pace University

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West Virginia University

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霍夫斯特拉大學

Hofstra University

THE ranking: 301

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聖路易斯大学

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THE ranking: 501

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哥倫比亞大學

Columbia University

THE ranking: 11

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密西西比州立大學

Mississippi State University

THE ranking: 1001

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新墨西哥州立大學

New Mexico State University

THE ranking: 601

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賓州大學大學公園校區

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

THE ranking: 119

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Texas A and M University - Kingsville

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加州大學戴維斯分校

University of California - Davis

THE ranking: 67

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辛辛那提大學

University of Cincinnati

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內布拉斯加大學林肯分校

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

THE ranking: 401

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密西根大學安娜堡分校

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

THE ranking: 24

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西新英格蘭大學

Western New England University

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戴安學院

De Anza College

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阿拉莫學校局

San Antonio College (Alamo Colleges)

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阿拉莫德州公立社區帕洛阿爾托奧拓學院

Palo Alto College (Alamo Colleges)

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長島大學

Long Island University, Post - StudyGroup

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南卡羅來納大學

University of South Carolina - Shorelight

THE ranking: 401

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加州州立大學奇諾分校

California State University - Chico

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加州州立大學東灣分校

California State University - East Bay

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明尼蘇達州立大學曼卡托分校

Minnesota State University - Mankato

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布鲁克林学院

CUNY - Brooklyn College

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塞冷州立大學

Salem State University

uni-location United States

蒙特克萊爾州立大學

Montclair State University

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費爾利迪金森大學

Fairleigh Dickinson University

uni-location United States

南阿肯色大學主校區

Southern Arkansas University - Main Campus

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紐海芬大學

University of New Haven

uni-location United States

德州農工大學科帕克利士提校區

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi - International Study Center (StudyGroup)

uni-location United States

麻州大學波士頓分校

University of Massachusetts - Boston (Shorelight)

THE ranking: 201

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亞利桑那州立大學

Arizona State University - Kaplan International

THE ranking: 132

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都柏林理工學院

TU Dublin

THE ranking: 1001

uni-location Ireland

佩斯大學

Pace University - Kaplan International

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利墨瑞克大學

University of Limerick

THE ranking: 601

uni-location Ireland

聖路易斯大學

Saint Louis University - INTO USA

THE ranking: 501

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霍夫斯特拉大學

Hofstra University - INTO USA

THE ranking: 501

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阿拉巴馬大學伯明翰分校

University of Alabama Birmingham - INTO USA

THE ranking: 601

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南加州大學

University of South Florida - INTO USA

THE ranking: 201

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喬治梅森大學

George Mason University - INTO USA

THE ranking: 251

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Madonna University

Madonna University

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Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest

THE ranking: 1201

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Maryville University

Maryville University

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Illinois Institute Of Technology - CEG

Illinois Institute Of Technology - CEG

THE ranking: 351

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Keiser University

Keiser University

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諾丁漢特倫特大學

Nottingham Trent University

THE ranking: 501

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UWE Bristol's International College - Kaplan UK

UWE Bristol's International College - Kaplan UK

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Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

THE ranking: 601

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London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

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Kingston University London - ISC - Study Group UK

Kingston University London - ISC - Study Group UK

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Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University

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