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Master of Forensic Science - Coursework

Enhance your skills and knowledge of forensic science by completing the Master of Forensic Science.

Introduction

The Master of Forensic Science is a two year degree which combines coursework units in a variety of forensic disciplines with research dissertation in a specialist area of your choice.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Forensic Science is a multidisciplinary degree that focuses on scientific methods for investigating crime, whilst also addressing the needs of forensic investigations within allied industries.

The suite of units provides an interdisciplinary introduction to many forensic science disciplines including DNA, entomology, anthropology and forensic chemistry. Students are given the opportunity to research a particular topic in more detail and gain experience in the criminal justice system and expert evidence in the Expert Testimony unit. In the second year of the course, students complete a dissertation on a specific topic of their choice that further develops their research skills.

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.

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Structure

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Career opportunities

Forensic scientists may have a wide variety of responsibilities including identifying illicit drugs; analysing drugs and poisons in human tissue and body fluids; examining and comparing materials such as fibres, paints, cosmetics, oils, fuels, plastics, glass, metals, soils and gunshot residues; and examining human and animal biological material to be compared with victims and suspects using DNA profiling.

 

Related careers

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Further study opportunities

Students may consider the opportunity to pursue further studies in research in the area of forensic science by completing a Master of Forensic Science (Research), Master of Forensic Science/Doctor of Philosophy or a Doctor of Philosophy.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into this course an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

For the Forensic Science specialisation:

(a) a completed bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area of this University or equivalent; or

(b) a completed (within the last five years) Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science of this University with a weighted average mark of 60 per cent or above, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

For the Odontology specialisation:

(a) a bachelor’s degree in dental science of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(b) a completed (within the last five years) Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science with an Odontology specialisation, of this University with a weighted average mark of 60 per cent or above, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

For the Forensic Anthropology specialisation:

(a) a bachelor’s degree, of this University in a relevant subject area, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(b) a completed (within the last five years) Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science with a Forensic Anthropology specialisation, of this University, with a weighted average mark of 60 per cent or above or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

All specialisations require:

- a current National Police Certificate indicating no criminal conviction (currency of National Police Certificate is 12 months); and
- a current certification of tetanus protection.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements. 

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified. 

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact details - admission information

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):

Fees

Annual fee: $24000.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

How to apply

Apply online

UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.

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Fees

Annual fee: $34000.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information

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Master of Forensic Science - Coursework: the details

Status
Not Available 2015
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
5 years
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Centre for Forensic Science
forensic@uwa.edu.au
Ask UWA
6488 7286
Course code
51520
CRICOS Code
033770G
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