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Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science

Course Description

The program consists of both coursework and research components and exposes students to a broad range of disciplines that carry the potential for significant practical application.

You will gain hands-on experience in the analysis of material associated with a crime scene, use techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, experience chemical analytical techniques including inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, and learn how to employ DNA sequencing using specific genomic markers. In addition you will conduct field experiments with animal carcasses as human models.

From these experiences you will not only learn basic human anatomy but also aspects of pathology and decompositional processes associated with estimating the time of death, all of which may be relevant to violent crime.

As part of your Case Study, you will be required to attend workshops in the areas of criminal justice and expert evidence. This independent research project is specifically designed to enable students to understand both the criminal justice system and the process of presenting evidence as an expert witness within a courtroom.

The lectures for this course are primarily held in the evenings to accommodate students in the workforce. Please contact us for more information.

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or qualifications and experience in a relevant field that are considered to be equivalent to the degree specified above.A National Criminal Record History Check (no more than 12 months old)Proof of current tetanus protection.

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