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Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies - 142JA

Course Code: 142JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
CRICOS Code: 071069B
Selection Rank: 68.00
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

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

Australian practitioners have been involved in resolving human tragedies such as the Victorian bushfires (2009), the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004), and the Bali bombings (2002 & 2005).

At the University of Canberra we specialise in the laboratory-based areas of forensic biology and forensic chemistry. The course is aimed at those who want to pursue a career in forensic science as a laboratory scientist. Forensic science subjects are taken throughout the course to provide the necessary specialisation and complement the broader laboratory science/human science aspects of the degree. You will use analytical techniques to examine evidence and work collaboratively on forensic case studies.

As a University of Canberra qualified Australian practitioner you will have an outstanding reputation.

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

  • collect and examine trace evidence
  • master environmental forensic science
  • investigate toxicology
  • understand forensic statistics
  • specialize in chemical and biological analysis
  • interpret and report on analytical results.

Career Opportunities

  • Laboratory scientist
  • Government health departments
  • Australian Federal Police

Course specific information

It is assumed that applicants will have 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate course or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: Biology and/or Chemistry major(s), plus Mathematical Methods major. 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.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies BAppSc ForSc

Typical Study Pattern

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates will be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge with depth in forensic science or the application of science to legal matters. AQF: Knowledge. Graduates will have developed the following skills and attributes:
1. The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively to the legal community and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries;
2. The ability to gather scientific information, and to analyse and evaluate that information in a systematic way;
3. The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions;
4. The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively;
5. The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of the legal community and for the administration of justice.
Graduates will have well-developed cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
- analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities in the field of forensic science;
- analyse, generate and transmit scientific solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex legal problems;
- transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to those involved in the legal system including judges and juries.
AQF: Knowledge, Skills and Application of knowledge and skills.
As above.
Graduates will be able to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement of knowledge and responsibility:
- for problem solving and decision making in professional practice;
- in contexts that are unfamiliar and require self-directed work and learning;
- to provide specialist scientific advice with respect to legal matters.
AQF: Application of knowledge and skills.
As above.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


Higher performing students, on completion of this course, will have the opportunity to undertake an Honours year.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Science


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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