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Bachelor of Justice Studies/Bachelor of Forensic Studies - SCNP01

Course Code: SCNP01
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
Academic Program Area - Science
UAC Code: 367036
CRICOS Code: 099017F
Selection Rank: 65
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Build a future in forensic law enforcement

Develop an eye for forensic detail and lead crime investigations with UC’s Bachelor of Justice Studies/Bachelor of Forensic Studies double degree. 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 cross examine expert witnesses and communicate confidently with judges and juries. 

You’ll be able to demonstrate broad theoretical and technical knowledge in the application of science in legal matters, cross-examine witnesses and master forensic biology and chemistry. The course will build your understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of the justice system and prepare you to influence and protect your local community.
Career paths? How about working in federal law enforcement agencies, DNA testing labs, the medical, quarantine and research industries, or as government policy advisor? Tick!

Study a Bachelor of Justice Studies and Bachelor of Forensic Studies at UC and you will:

  • learn the ins-and-outs of Australia’s legal system in a broader context.
  • understand the social, theoretical, legal, economic and political environment affecting the justice sector
  • apply your knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgment and responsibility
  • individually and collaboratively analyse information, investigate problems and generate solutions
  • develop cognitive, technical and communication skills that will equip you for professional roles in research, operations, policy or advocacy
  • 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 people within the legal system including judges and juries
  • master forensic biology and chemistry for criminal investigations
  • learn analytical techniques for collecting and examining trace evidence.

Career opportunities

UC’s Bachelor of Justice Studies/Bachelor of Forensic Studies will prepare you to hit the ground running or move up the ladder through numerous careers, from lab technician, researcher, law enforcer and policy advisor to researcher and even environmental protection.

Graduates will have the justice and forensic skills and qualifications required to explore roles or progress careers in:

  • policy development
  • court administration
  • law enforcement and security
  • corrective services and police forces in each state and territory
  • criminology research
  • laboratories, including DNA and diagnostic testing labs
  • customs, quarantine and other protection services
  • medical and research services
  • public and private hospitals and healthcare sector businesses, including those that provide forensic, medical or research services.


Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

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.

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 Justice Studies B JusticeSt

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Forensic Studies Bachelor of Justice Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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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



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.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
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Course Duration

Standard 4 years full time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.


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

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

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