Master of Forensic Science (coursework and dissertation)

This is a multidisciplinary degree which focuses on scientific methods for investigating crime and also addresses the needs of forensic investigation within allied industries.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Forensic Science (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MForSc
Course code
51520
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
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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; N/A = not available in 2018

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
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
N/AFNSC5613Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
Incompatibility:
FNSC8551 Instrumentation (Chemical Instrumentation), FNSC8552 Soils and Taphonomy
N/AFNSC5619Forensic DNA Analysis
Incompatibility:
FNSC8564 DNA, FNSC5519 Forensic DNA and the Law

Forensic Anthropology specialisation

Forensic Science specialisation

Odontology specialisation

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) (i) a relevant1 bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

(ii) a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science2 within the last five years, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA, and the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;

and

(b) a current National Police Certificate3, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal conviction;

and

(c) a current certificate of tetanus protection.

1 A relevant bachelor's degree for the Odontology specialisation is a bachelor's degree in dental science.

2 For the Odontology and Forensic Anthropology specialisations, applicants must have a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science specialising in Odontology and Forensic Anthropology respectively.

3 Currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

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:

  • 50320 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (48 points)
  • 51520 Master of Forensic Science (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Forensic Science 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 which must include course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

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

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

(2) A student must achieve a weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent in the first 48 points of this course in order to make 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.

Additional rules
Credit

13.(1) In the case of a student other than one admitted to the course under the provisions of Rule 4(a) (i), the Faculty may grant credit towards the course up to value of 12 points for comparable units successfully completed at Level 4 or higher.

(2) Credit may be granted on the basis of—

(a) coursework of comparable level and standard completed as part of an approved course at this or another recognised tertiary institution;

(b) subject to (3), coursework of comparable level and standard completed through Continuing Education at this University considered by the Faculty to be comparable to Level 4 or Level 5 units;

and/or

(c) subject to (4), work completed in courses provided by professional providers or private educational institutions considered by the Faculty to be comparable to Level 4 or Level 5 units.

(3) Credit granted in respect of work described in (2) (b) must not exceed six points.

(4) Credit granted in respect of work described in (2) (c) must not exceed six points.

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