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Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (online) - 883AA

Course Code: 883AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
UAC Code: 880702
CRICOS Code: N/R
Selection Rank: N/A
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Forensic science – it’s in your DNA

If you are working full-time in the science field, but would like to take a leap into the intriguing world of forensics, then this flexible, full-time or part-time course will let you formulate your own tailored solution, allowing you to reach your study goals in your own time. Delivered entirely online courtesy of a collaborative forensic education partnership developed between the University of Canberra, the University of Florida, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Lausanne and Western Sydney University, this one-year (full-time) course will allow you to study forensics across a toxicology, chemistry, medicine, biology, statistics, security, digital imaging and/or environmental forensic science context.

There is no requirement for on-campus attendance across the course, and the flexibility available in terms of unit choice, workload, and full-time or part-time delivery makes it ideal if you are already in full-time employment. Upon successful completion of your studies, you will graduate with a degree from the University of Canberra and will be well-placed to either launch a new career in forensics, accelerate your potential for promotion in your existing place of employment, or progress to the Master in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science by enrolling in additional units.

Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online) at UC and you will:

  • understand the key investigative and analytical concepts that are applied to specific areas of forensic science
  • independently understand how to collect, process and analyse evidence as it relates to areas of specialisation
  • develop the skills to respond flexibly in the broad range of situations that confront forensic investigators
  • learn to work within the legal and regulatory requirements for forensic professionals 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 and the Master of Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online) course. Students who have completed this course may apply and receive credit for units within the Master’s course. The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online) can be awarded as an exit award in certain circumstances.

Enquiries

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

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the normal requirements for admission to a graduate diploma course or hold qualifications deemed by the University to be equivalent. 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

None.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for International Applicants

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

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 Diploma in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science GradDip ForStForSc

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (online)

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
2020

$17,100

$20,000

2021

$17,400

$20,000

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. 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.


Special Class Delivery Details

A number of units are taught by either the University of Florida (USA), the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), the University of Laussane (Switzerland) or Western Sydney University under contract.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
A critical understanding and knowledge of the investigative and analytical concepts as they apply to specific areas of forensic science. .
Able to apply knowledge to the collection, processing and analysis of evidence associated with areas of specialisation. .
Be flexible and responsive to the broad range of situations that confront forensic investigator. .
Have the required knowledge to be able to work within the legal and regulatory requirements of the forensic professions and as expert witnesses. .

Course Duration

Standard: 2 semesters full-time or equivalent part-time. Maximum: 8 semesters.

Honours

None.

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

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies.

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

View the number of student enrolments for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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