Matthew Grima

Matthew is working as a conservation scientist for Heritage Malta

BSc (Hons) Applied Science and Forensic Investigation* and Master of Research in Science

'What you learn is not simply out of a text book or an intelligent brain, but also from personal invaluable experience.'

Matthew Grima: Master of Research in Science

Matthew came to Teesside from Malta and achieved a first class BSc (Hons) Applied Science and Forensic Investigation before going on to study a Master of Research in Science.


Matthew Grima

What drew you to study at Teesside?

I’m from Malta, and after school I worked as a laboratory technologist in the sector of conservation and restoration. Conservation science is very similar to the forensic field as it looks at the analysis and identification of historical and archaeological artifacts. The instrumentation used is also the same as that used in the forensic field. Wanting to improve my skills and progress my career, I looked at forensic science courses in the UK, and found that Teesside is a leader in forensic science teaching. The undergraduate course I selected gives me a wider option to apply the skills to any analytical scientific field.

What are you doing now?

I’m back in Malta, working in a more senior position as a conservation scientist for Heritage Malta. I have matured so much in the past four years, especially from the motivational and confidence perspectives. I also love the field I chose and cannot imagine myself without it.

What was the course like?

My course was great as a preparation for a career in forensic science, while maintaining a balance with other analytical fields. Most of the lecturing staff have worked in various parts of the forensic industry. What you learn is not simply out of a text book or an intelligent brain, but also from personal invaluable experience. I liked the way everything on the campus was five minutes walk away, and I loved the countryside nearby.

* The new title of this programme is BSc (Hons) Forensic Science