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Bachelor of Social Science in Justice Studies/Bachelor of Forensic Studies - 195JA

Course Code: 195JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
Academic Program Area - Science
UAC Code: 367024
CRICOS Code: 074937E
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


This double degree program brings together two areas that are valuable for anyone wishing to make a career in law justice or law enforcement. The Justice Studies elements of the course allow students to gain an understanding of social and cultural dimensions of the justice system, complement their forensic science studies with grounding in the legal rules of evidence and procedure, and prepare them for management and operational roles in the justice sector agencies. The Forensic Studies elements equip them with an undergraduate science qualification orientated to crime investigation and the preparation of evidence for justice processes.

Forensic Science is the application of scientific principles and various scientific disciplines to the investigation of criminal acts. The role of a forensic scientist is to present objective evidence and opinions that will assist the court with their deliberation process. The Forensic Studies component of this double degree emphasises, in particular, the laboratory-based fields of forensic biology and forensic chemistry, and cover areas such as the collection and examination of trace evidence, toxicology, specialised chemical/biological analyses, and the interpretation and reporting of analytical results.

Note: Students completing the forensic component of the double degree will qualify for a Bachelor of Forensic Studies award, not qualify for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies (142JA) unless additional units are completed in consultation with the Forensic Studies Course Convener.


Current and Commencing Students
In person Faculty of Business, Government & Law student support area (Building 11, Level B, Room 27 -- Reception counter) Email
Prospective Students
Email Ph 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge

For the Bachelor of Justice Studies, please refer to the individual course.

For the Bachelor of Forensic Studies, assumed knowledge is ACT: Biology and/or Chemistry major(s), plus Mathematical Methods major; NSW: Biology and/or Chemistry, plus Mathematics.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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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 Forensic Studies B ForSt
Bachelor of Social Science in Justice Studies B SocScJusticeSt

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Forensic Studies Bachelor of Social Science in Justice Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

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

This course is closed to new admissions. Please refer to course 249JA Bachelor of Justice Studies/Bachelor of Forensic Studies.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Present evidence in court. Express an opinion in the field of forensic science with confidence and clarity.
Write reports that could be used as court records or form the basis for prosecution. Collate, analyse, manipulate, evaluate, interpret and present information and numerical data from forensic case studies.
Interpret outputs from analytical instruments. Select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present data from forensic case studies.
Select appropriate analytical techniques to examine evidence. Implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems in environmental forensic science.
Allocate tasks among group members to complete forensic case studies. Work with others as part of a group.
Communicate and quantify uncertainty when presenting expert evidence in a court environment. Have the ability to cope with uncertainty.
Ensure that court room evidence is as unbiased as possible with rigorous chain-of-custody for handling of exhibits. Act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of forensic science.
Uphold the rule of law for the benefit of the community. Accept service to the community as the primary purpose for a professional life in forensic science.
Recognise the skills of forensic scientists and lawyers that are transferrable to other disciplines. Have an understanding of how to apply knowledge and abilities to many different contexts and fields.
Provide evidence in a court environment and convince a jury of your competence. Be confident in yourself and your own skills and knowledge.

Course Duration

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



UCC Pathway

Diploma of Justice Studies.


  • 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

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