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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

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2014;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Master of Forensic Science (coursework and dissertation) with a specialisation in Forensic Anthropology

Take all unit(s) (24 points):

S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
S2FNSC5613Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
S2FNSC5619Forensic DNA Analysis

Specialisation specific unit(s)

Take all unit(s) (54 points):

S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S1FNSC5615Death Investigations
S2FNSC5626Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method
S1 & S2FNSC5649Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 1 (12 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5650Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 2 (12 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5622Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 1 (3 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5632Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 2 (3 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5625Advanced Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 1 (3 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5635Advanced Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 2 (3 points)

Take units of Level 4 or higher to a value of 18 points chosen in consultation with the Director of Forensic Science from the unit offerings of the Faculty of Science, Law or the UWA Business School.

Master of Forensic Science (coursework and dissertation) with a specialisation in Forensic Science

Take all unit(s) (24 points):

S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
S2FNSC5613Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
S2FNSC5619Forensic DNA Analysis

Specialisation specific unit(s)

Take all unit(s) (36 points):

S1 & S2FNSC5644Forensic Science Dissertation Part 2 (12 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5646Forensic Science Dissertation Part 1 (12 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5620Expert Testimony Part 1 (3 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5630Expert Testimony Part 2 (3 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5623Advanced Expert Testimony Part 1 (3 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5633Advanced Expert Testimony Part 2 (3 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points from Group A:

Group A

S2FNSC5518Forensic Science and Policing
N/AFNSC5520Criminal Behaviour
S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S1FNSC5615Death Investigations
S1FNSC5616Digital Imaging in Forensic Science
S2FNSC5617Forensics and Information Technology
N/AFNSC5618Special Topic in Forensic Science
S2FNSC5626Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method

Take units of level 4 or higher to a value of 18 points chosen in consultation with the Director of Forensic Science from the unit offerings of the Faculty of Science, Law or the UWA Business School.

Master of Forensic Science (coursework and dissertation) with a specialisation in Odontology

Take all unit(s) (24 points):

S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
S2FNSC5613Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
S2FNSC5619Forensic DNA Analysis

Specialisation specific unit(s)

Take all unit(s) (36 points):

S1 & S2FNSC5647Forensic Science Dissertation (Odontology) Part 1 (12 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5648Forensic Science Dissertation (Odontology) Part 2 (12 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5621Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 1 (3 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5631Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 2 (3 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5625Advanced Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 1 (3 points)
S1 & S2FNSC5635Advanced Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 2 (3 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points from Group A:

Group A

S2FNSC5518Forensic Science and Policing
N/AFNSC5520Criminal Behaviour
S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S1FNSC5615Death Investigations
S1FNSC5616Digital Imaging in Forensic Science
S2FNSC5617Forensics and Information Technology
N/AFNSC5618Special Topic in Forensic Science
S2FNSC5626Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method

Take units of Level 4 or higher to a value of 18 points chosen in consultation with the Director of Forensic Science from the unit offerings of the Faculty of Science, Law or the UWA Business School.

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.

 

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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

For the Forensic Science specialisation:

  • A completed a UWA bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area of this or equivalent; or
  • A Completed (within the last 5 years) UWA Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science with an average mark of at least 60%, or equivalent.

For the Odontology specialisation:

  • A UWA bachelor’s degree in dental science, or equivalent; or
  • A Completed (within the last 5 years) UWA Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science with an Odontology specialisation with an average mark of at least 60%, or equivalent.

For the Forensic Anthropology specialisation:

  • A UWA bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent; or
  • A Completed (within the last 5 years) UWA Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science with a Forensic Anthropology specialisation with an average mark of at least 60%, or equivalent.

All specialisations require:

  • A current National Police Certificate indicating no criminal conviction; and
  • A current certification of tetanus protection.

English competency

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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

Application Deadlines

For application deadlines, please visit studyat.uwa.edu.au/applynow

How to apply

Submit a completed application form

Fees

Annual fee: $16708.

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.

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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

Fees

Annual fee: $32370.

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
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
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Course code
51520
CRICOS Code
033770G
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