UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology

This course enables students to deal independently with all routine forensic odontological casework. Students learn to be efficient referral of cases of special difficulty outside or beyond their expertise, and function under supervision as a member of a Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team. The course allows independent preparation of evidence for presentation to courts of law. Students also learn to be aware of their own need for further education in forensic odontology.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology
Award abbreviationGradDipForOdont
Course code91350
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code058212J
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit2 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Knott

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; * = to be advised

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

Take all units (48 points):

S1DENT5649Basic Dental Science
*DENT5651Applied Dental Science
S1DENT5653Forensic Medicine
S1DENT5654Forensic Pathology
S1DENT5656Special Research Project Part 1
*DENT5657The Law
S2DENT5658Law Enforcement
*DENT5660Special Research Project Part 2

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



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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.(1) 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, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

Admission requirements

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

(a) a Bachelor of Dental Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) at least two years of experience in the practice of general dentistry.

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. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

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

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

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. Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

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. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules

Time limit

13.(1) Except as set out in (2), the time limit is two years from the date of first enrolment in the course.

(2) The Faculty may permit an extension to the time limit, which will normally not exceed one year but which may, in exceptional circumstances, be further extended on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Dentistry.

[Approved exceptions to University Policy]