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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 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (24 points):

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

Forensic Anthropology specialisation

Take all units (54 points):

S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S1FNSC5615Forensic Entomology and Death
S1FNSC5622Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 1 (3 points)
N/AFNSC5625Advanced Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 1 (3 points)
S2FNSC5626Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method
S1, S2FNSC5632Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 2 (3 points)
N/AFNSC5635Advanced Expert Testimony (Anthropology) Part 2 (3 points)
N/AFNSC5649Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 1 (12 points)
N/AFNSC5650Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 2 (12 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.

Forensic Science specialisation

Take all units (36 points):

S1, S2FNSC5620Expert Testimony Part 1 (3 points)
S1FNSC5623Advanced Expert Testimony Part 1 (3 points)
S1, S2FNSC5630Expert Testimony Part 2 (3 points)
S1, S2FNSC5633Advanced Expert Testimony Part 2 (3 points)
S1, S2FNSC5644Forensic Science Dissertation Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2FNSC5646Forensic Science Dissertation Part 1 (12 points)

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

S2FNSC5518Forensic Science and Policing
N/AFNSC5520Criminal Behaviour
S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S1FNSC5615Forensic Entomology and Death
S1FNSC5616Digital Imaging in Forensic Science
N/AFNSC5617Forensics 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.

Odontology specialisation

Take all units (36 points):

N/AFNSC5621Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 1 (3 points)
N/AFNSC5624Advanced Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 1 (3 points)
S1FNSC5631Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 2 (3 points)
S1FNSC5634Advanced Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 2 (3 points)
S1, S2FNSC5647Forensic Science Dissertation (Odontology) Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2FNSC5648Forensic Science Dissertation (Odontology) Part 2 (12 points)

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

S2FNSC5518Forensic Science and Policing
N/AFNSC5520Criminal Behaviour
S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S1FNSC5615Forensic Entomology and Death
S1FNSC5616Digital Imaging in Forensic Science
N/AFNSC5617Forensics 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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Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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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 to this course an applicant must have—

(a)(i) a relevant1 bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

(ii) a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science2 within the last five years, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA, and the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;

and

(b) a current National Police Certificate3, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal conviction;

and

(c) a current certificate of tetanus protection.

1A relevant bachelor’s degree for the Odontology specialisation is a bachelor’s degree in dental science.

2For the Odontology and Forensic Anthropology specialisations, applicants must have a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science specialising in Odontology and Forensic Anthropology respectively.

3Currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

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. 

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  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

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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
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6488 7286
Course code
51520
CRICOS Code
033770G
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