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Bachelor of Forensic Studies/ Bachelor of Laws - NPSC02

Course Code: NPSC02
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
Academic Program Area - Science
UAC Code: 368046
CRICOS Code: 099018E
Selection Rank: 85
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no band score below 6.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Gain forensic insights in our supercharged law degree!

Develop an eye for forensic detail and become a formidable force in the courtroom with UC’s Bachelor of Forensic Studies/Bachelor of Laws. We’ll give you real world opportunities to apply your scientific knowledge in the areas of crime investigation and the analytical preparation of evidence and the legal know-how to become a solicitor or a barrister.

You’ll be able to demonstrate broad theoretical and technical knowledge in the application of science in legal matters, cross-examine witnesses, transmit knowledge to judges and juries and master forensic biology and chemistry. While you build your understanding of the theory and history of law and your advocacy and legal skills, you’ll get to apply your talents in the real world with opportunities to complete a law internship and study overseas.

At UC, you can fast-track your studies during winter term and because our law course is recognised by the Supreme Courts of the ACT and NSW, begin the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in your final year.

Career paths? How about working in federal law enforcement agencies, DNA testing labs, quarantine services or medical and research industries, or as a lawyer, policy advisor or a consultant to the courts or police force. Insightful, indeed!

Combine a Bachelor of Forensic Studies and Bachelor of Laws at UC and you will: 

  • be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in forensic science or in the application of science to legal matters
  • learn to cross examine expert witnesses across a range of forensic disciplines
  • be able to transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to those involved in the legal system including judges and juries
  • master forensic biology and chemistry for criminal investigations
  • learn analytical techniques for collecting and examining trace evidence.
  • specialise, through electives, in selected areas of law with an emphasis on commercial law
  • qualify as a practicing lawyer
  • gain a broad theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law, suitable for entering the legal profession, becoming an advocate, or undertaking related careers
  • fine-tune your ability to present ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.

Career opportunities

Lab technician, researcher, law enforcer, advocate, barrister, solicitor, policy advisor, researcher and even environmental protection … UC’s Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business degree will prepare you to hit the ground running in numerous careers offering healthy salaries. Graduates of the course will have the accredited skills and qualifications required to explore forensic and legal careers in:

  • laboratories, including DNA and diagnostic testing labs
  • customs and quarantine services and other protection agencies
  • medical and research services
  • public and private hospitals and healthcare sector businesses, including those that provide forensic, medical or research services.
  • law firms
  • the police force and law enforcement agencies in each state and territory
  • pharmaceutical and chemical industries
  • government and the public sector, including as in-house counsel, policy advisor, and in legislative drafting and law reform
  • the community sector, such as community legal work and professional advocacy
  • private legal practice
  • education and research.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN 1800 864 226
Prospective International Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email
Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Assumed Knowledge

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

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

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 Laws LLB
Bachelor of Forensic Studies B ForSt

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Forensic Studies Bachelor of Laws

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

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



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.

Professional Accreditation

This program is recognised by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the State of New South Wales. Through mutual recognition, UC's degree may serve as the basis for admission in all Australian jurisdictions.

Through a program offered in conjunction with the College of Law, students may (in their final year of the Bachelor of Laws at UC) begin their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice course that qualifies for them for admission. Arrangements exist for students to articulate into programs leading to admission in the UK and the United States.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Refer to individual courses. -

Course Duration

Standard 5 years full time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.


The Bachelor of Laws has an embedded honours programme. For full policy details (currently under review) see: See Position Statement of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) on Honours:

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

Diploma of Justice Studies, Associate Degree of Justice Studies.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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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