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 title
- Master of Forensic Science (coursework and dissertation)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework and dissertation
- current / 2018
- Administered by
- Faculty of Science
- CRICOS code
- 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
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- 2 years
- Time limit
- 5 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Daniel Franklin
- 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.
|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):
|S1||FNSC5611||Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science|
|S1||FNSC5612||Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method|
|N/A||FNSC5613||Introduction to Forensic Chemistry|
|N/A||FNSC5619||Forensic DNA Analysis|
Forensic Anthropology specialisation
Forensic Science specialisation
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).
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.
(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;
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
Articulations and exit awards
- 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.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
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.
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.
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
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.