Master of Forensic Anthropology (coursework and dissertation)

The Master of Forensic Anthropology has been designed specifically for students to gain knowledge in current developments in forensic sciences and particularly those medical and social sciences which are of direct relevance to the application to forensic anthropology. The degree will enable students to undertake advanced studies in forensic anthropology. There is considerable diversity of research related to forensic anthropology, ranging from traditional morphometrics through to computer-graphic facial reconstruction.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Forensic Anthropology (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MForAnth
Course code
72580
Course type
master's degree by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
033770G

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Daniel Franklin
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (90 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2FNSC5515Molecular Osteology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology (72380) or Master of Forensic Anthropology (72580)
S1FNSC5516Forensic Odontology and Introductory Osteology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology (72380) or Master of Forensic Anthropology (72580)
S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology 72280 or the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology 72380 or the Master of Forensic Anthropology 72580
S1FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Forensic Anthropology specialisation) (50320) or the Master of Forensic Science (Forensic Anthropology specialisation) (51520) or approval of unit coordinator
S2FNSC5622Scientific Expert Testimony
Incompatibility:
FNSC5620 Expert Testimony Part 1, FNSC5621 Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 1
S2FNSC5626Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method
Prerequisites:
FNSC5612 Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
S1, S2FNSC5627Forensic Anthropology Professional Project Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
FNSC5626 Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method
Co-requisites:
FNSC5649 Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 1, FNSC5650 Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 2
S1, S2FNSC5628Forensic Anthropology Professional Project Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
FNSC5626 Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method
Co-requisites:
FNSC5649 Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 1, FNSC5650 Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 2
S1FNSC5649Forensic Anthropology Dissertation Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Forensic Science Anthropology (72580)
S1, S2FNSC5650Forensic Anthropology Dissertation Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Forensic Science (Anthropology specialisation) (51520)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSFNSC4497Bio-Archaeology Fieldschool
S2FNSC5615Medicolegal Death Investigation
Incompatibility:
FNSC8503 Forensic Pathology, FNSC8561 Forensic Entomology

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 72280 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology (24 points)
  • 72380 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology (48 points)
  • 72580 Master of Forensic Anthropology (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Forensic Anthropology course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.