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Master of Forensic Science (dissertation and coursework)


Course Description

The Master of Forensic Science by dissertation and coursework is a two year degree which combines coursework units in a variety of forensic disciplines with research in a specialist area of your choice.

In the first year, you will gain an interdisciplinary introduction to many forensic science disciplines, including DNA, entomology, anthropology and chemical instrumentation. Students are also given the opportunity to research a particular topic in more detail, and gain experience in the criminal justice system and expert evidence in the Case Study unit.

In the second year, you will complete a dissertation on a specific topic of your choice, enabling you to develop your research skills. The completion of a second Case Study encourages you to apply the skills you have learnt in a mock court setting. You will also have the chance to select units from other faculties to complement or broaden your forensic science knowledge.

Students in the Odontology stream will focus on the application of forensic science to the field of odontology. The Case Study unit and Dissertation must be based on a topic from this field.

The lectures for part one of this course will primarily be held in the evenings in order to accommodate students in the workforce. Please contact us for more information.

Entry Requirements

General Stream: A Bachelor degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent as determined by the Faculty; or completion of the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science within the past four years with an average of 60 per cent or higher.Odontology Program: A Bachelor degree in dental science or equivalent as determined by the Faculty; or completion of the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Odontology program) within the past four years with an average of 60 per cent or higher.

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