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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (online) - 882AA

Course Code: 882AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
UAC Code: 880701
CRICOS Code: N/A 22
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Put a career in forensics under the microscope

Whether you are already working in forensic science, or are considering it as a future career, this flexible full-time or part-time online course will give you a critical understanding of investigative concepts, regulatory requirements and evidence analysis. Delivered entirely online via our collaborative forensic education partnership between the University of Canberra, the University of Florida, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Lausanne and Western Sydney University, there is no requirement for on-campus attendance. The flexibility available in terms of unit choice, workload, and full-time or part-time delivery mode makes it ideal if you are already in full-time employment.

Online units are available in areas such as forensic chemistry, environmental forensic science, forensic toxicology, forensic medicine, forensic digital imaging, forensic biology, forensic statistics and forensic security. Upon successful completion of the six months (full-time) of your course, you will graduate with a degree from the University of Canberra, and can choose whether to progress employment in forensics or continue on your study path with a Postgraduate Diploma or Master in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science available by enrolling in additional units.

Study a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online) at UC and you will:

  • have a critical understanding of investigative and analytical concepts relating to forensic science
  • apply your knowledge to the collection and analysis of evidence
  • have the skills to be flexible and responsive in the broad range of situations that confront forensic investigators
  • know how to work within the legal and regulatory requirements of forensics and as an expert witness
  • accelerate your opportunity for promotion within the industry. 

Work Integrated Learning

All courses at UC have Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at their core, whether due to their structure being informed by the industry they support, or because course content is based on the study of real-world scenarios, case studies and professional practice outcomes. If you choose to study Forensic Research 1 and 2 as part of your degree, you will engage in additional WIL in the form of a research project, which you will be encouraged to undertake in association with your current place of work.

Career opportunities

  • Forensic laboratory technician
  • Forensic officer
  • Forensic toxicologist
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Forensic analyst
  • DNA analyst
  • Technical officer
  • Analytical chemist
  • Mortuary technician
  • Drug and alcohol collection technician
  • Quality assurance officer
  • Environmental forensic scientist

Course-specific information

Applicants should hold an undergraduate science degree, and it is highly recommended that they have satisfactorily completed a chemistry and/or biochemistry subject at the equivalent of a second-year bachelor’s degree level.

International students may undertake this course online in their home countries.

A clear pathway of study exists between this degree, the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online) and the Master of Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online) courses. Students who have completed this course may apply and receive credit for units within both.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email student.centre@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the normal requirements for admission to a graduate certificate course or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the University's Admissions Committe. Applicants should hold an undergraduate science degree, and it is highly recommended that they have satisfactorily completed a chemistry and/or biochemistry subject at the equivalent of a second year bachelor degree level.

Assumed Knowledge

It is highly recommended that applicants have satisfactorily completed a chemistry and/or biochemistry subject at the equivalent of a second year bachelor degree level.

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

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science GradCert ForStForSc

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Criminalistics) Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Environmental Forensics)

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.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2021

$17,400

$20,000

2020

$17,100

$20,000

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses.The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Graduate Employment

Employees already in the industry wishing to obtain higher level qualifications for expertise credentials or promotion opportunities.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies will:
1. Be able to gather, analyse, consolidate and evaluate information to formulate and implement solutions to complex problems in specific areas of forensic science.

2. Have a critical understanding, knowledge and technical skills of the investigative and analytical concepts as they apply to specific areas of forensic science.

3. Have communication skills to express complex concepts, knowledge and ideas in specific areas of forensic science to a variety of audiences including those working in areas of forensic science, management and the broader community.

4. Have the skills to be flexible and responsive to the broad range of situations that confront forensic investigators.

5. Have the capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly in their workplace and for the benefit of the broader community.
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UC Graduates are professional





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UC Graduates are professional






UC graduates are lifelong learners



UC Graduates are professional
UC Graduates are global citizens
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Criminalistics) will:

1. Be able to gather, analyse, consolidate and evaluate information to formulate and implement solutions to complex problems in criminalistics.

2. Have a critical understanding, knowledge and technical skills of the investigative and analytical concepts as they apply to criminalistics.

3. Have communication skills to express complex concepts, knowledge and ideas relating to criminalistics to a variety of audiences including those working in areas of forensic science, management and the broader community.

4. Have the skills to be flexible and responsive to the broad range of situations that confront forensic investigators.

5. Have the capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly in their workplace and for the benefit of the broader community.
UC Graduates are professional




UC Graduates are professional




UC Graduates are global citizens
UC Graduates are professional






UC graduates are lifelong learners




UC Graduates are professional
UC Graduates are global citizens
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Environmental Forensics) will:

1. Be able to gather, analyse, consolidate and evaluate information to formulate and implement solutions to complex problems in environmental forensics.

2. Have a critical understanding, knowledge and technical skills of the investigative and analytical concepts as they apply to environmental forensics.

3. Have communication skills to express complex concepts, knowledge and ideas relating to environmental forensics to a variety of audiences including those working in areas of forensic science, management and the broader community.

4. Have the skills to be flexible and responsive to the broad range of situations that confront forensic investigators.

5. Have the capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly in their workplace and for the benefit of the broader community.
UC Graduates are professional





UC Graduates are professional





UC Graduates are global citizens
UC Graduates are professional






UC graduates are lifelong learners



UC Graduates are professional
UC Graduates are global citizens

Course Duration

Standard one semester full-time or equivalent. Maximum two semesters.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Graduate Certificate course can be subsumed into the Graduate Diploma and the Master course in Forensic Studies. Exit awards only. In order for the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Criminalistics) to be awarded the student must have completed units 7802, 7803, 9483 and an additional unit from List A, B or C. In order for the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Environmental Forensics) to be awarded the student must have completed units 7804, 7805, 9438 and an additional unit from List A, B or C.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Online

Enrolment Numbers

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