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Master of Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (online) - 884AA

Course Code: 884AA
Course Version: 4
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
UAC Code: 880703
CRICOS Code: NA
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Magnify your potential with a master’s degree

Australia has an outstanding international reputation in forensics, so if you are keen to establish yourself as one of the world’s best, then this qualification is for you. Gain the critical investigative and analytical skills you need to progress your career to the next level. Part of a collaborative education partnership with the University of Florida, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Lausanne and Western Sydney University, this truly unique two-year (full-time) online course will give you a scientifically competitive advantage, preparing you for employment across a range of sectors, including in forensic labs, drug assessment agencies and the environmental monitoring sector.

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. You will graduate with a sought-after degree from the University of Canberra, and the knowledge, skills and ambition to succeed in the exciting world of forensics.

Study a Master of Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online) at UC and you will:

  • acquire a critical understanding of the investigative and analytical concepts relating to forensic science
  • apply your deeper knowledge to the collection, processing and analysis of evidence
  • master the skills to be flexible and responsive in the broad range of situations that confront forensic investigators
  • undertake a research project (typically within your current place of work)
  • learn to work within the legal and regulatory requirements for forensics professionals and as an expert witness.

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. In the units Forensic Research 1 and 2, 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

  • Sessional academic
  • 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 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online) and Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (Online). Both can be awarded as exit awards in certain circumstances.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email student.centre@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727
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

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the normal requirements for admission to a masters 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

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
Master of Forensic Studies in Forensic Science M ForSt ForSc

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (online) Postgraduate Diploma 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.


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
Reflect critically on professional forensic practice. Analysis and inquiry: Ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a forensic context.
Evaluate developments that contribute to professional forensic practice. Analysis and inquiry: Ability to gather information in a forensic context, analyse and evaluate that information and other forensic situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.
Investigate and analyse problems in forensic science work places and beyond. Problem solving: Identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions using forensic methodologies.
Apply forensic methodologies in unfamiliar contexts. Problem solving: Ability to apply forensic problem?solving processes in novel situations.
Contribute to the scholarship of forensic science in a professional community. Working independently and with others: Ability to use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively in a forensic context.
Plan and execute a forensic research project (preferably in the work place). Working independently and with others: Ability to plan forensic work and be self?directed.
Interpret forensic methodologies and conclusions to non?scientific legal and other audiences. Communication: Ability to present forensic knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.
Integrate and implement solutions using forensic methodologies. Professionalism and social responsibility: capacity and intention to use forensic knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twelve semesters.

Honours

None.

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

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies and Graduate Diploma 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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