Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies

Join the world’s best forensic scientists right here in Australia

At the University of Canberra we specialise in the laboratory-based areas of forensic biology and forensic chemistry. If you are interested in pursuing a career in forensic science as a laboratory scientist then this is the degree for you. You will undertake forensic science subjects that arm you with necessary specialisations and complement the broader laboratory science/human science aspects of the degree.

As a University of Canberra qualified Australian practitioner you will have an outstanding reputation and excellent job prospects.

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Admission open to

Domestic students and International students

Level of Study


Full-time Study Duration

3 years

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Course code


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Career Outcomes

Study a Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies at UC and you will:

  • learn analytical techniques to examine evidence
  • collect and examine trace evidence
  • master environmental forensic science
  • investigate toxicology
  • understand forensic statistics
  • specialize in chemical and biological analysis
  • work collaboratively on forensic case studies
  • interpret and report on analytical results.

Career Opportunities

  • Laboratory scientist
  • Government health department officer
  • Australian Federal Police

Work Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is all about learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. At UC it is an essential component of most of our courses and reinforces our commitment to preparing highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge. Throughout your course you will have the opportunity to engage in WIL via internships, clinical placements, industry and community projects, professional mentoring and simulated workplace settings.

Course details

Sample study plan


  • Chemistry 1a
  • Concepts in Biology
  • Regional Anatomy and Physiology
  • Forensic Science 1
  • Chemistry 1b
  • Data Analysis in Science
  • Communication in Science
  • Systemic Anatomy and Physiology


  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Forensic Statistics
  • Forensic Science 2
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology


  • Environmental Forensic Science
  • Introduction to Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Population Genetics
  • Forensic Evidence and the Law
  • Forensic Biology
  • Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics
  • Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis


To apply for this course you must have prior knowledge in the following areas:

  • ACT: Biology and/or Chemistry major(s), plus Mathematical Methods
  • NSW: Biology and/or Chemistry, plus Mathematics
  • VIC: VCE Units 3 and 4 Biology and/or Chemistry, plus VCE Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods.


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