Forensic Sciences and Engineering - study alongside your job and close to reality

"Forensic Sciences and Engineering" is an advanced degree program at BTU. The master's program provides in-depth knowledge of forensic science and is aimed at people with a first relevant degree and professional experience. But who studies Forensic Sciences and with what motivation? We talked to a graduate.

Sebastian Fuhrt is a criminal investigator at North Rhine Westphalia Criminal Police Department. In search of an interdisciplinary degree program that would provide in-depth forensic knowledge, he came to BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and completed the postgraduate Master Forensic Sciences and Engineering. "The program at BTU is ideally suited," sums up Sebastian Fuhrt. Studying parallel to his job as a police officer demanded a lot from him: "Balancing my job and studies was a big challenge, since a specialist training program had started for me at the same time." The Corona pandemic didn't make it any easier, as laboratory practicals were harder to carry out.

The fact that the effort was nevertheless worthwhile is proven by the prize from the Association of German Engineers (VDI), which the 34-year-old received for an outstanding degree and his final thesis, "Security of major events - A sociological examination of intelligent video surveillance."

Sebastian Fuhrt will now also write his doctoral dissertation at the BTU and deepen the topic of his thesis: "In early 2022, I want to submit an exposé to the doctoral committee. In terms of the topic, I want to stay true to my personal focus and look at increasing the security of major events. For this purpose, I will deal with questions of the legally compliant use of artificial intelligence in connection with video surveillance and a legally compliant integration into the security architecture. I will be supervised by Prof. Dr. jur. Eike Albrecht."

Thank you for the interview and good luck with your future projects.


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Sebastian Fuhrt holds a deformed projectile in his hand, which he used for his term paper on wound ballistics. Wound ballistics is the study of the behavior of projectiles when they penetrate the body of a human or animal. (Photo: private)