UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology

This degree has been designed specifically to acquaint students with current developments in basic forensic sciences and particularly those medical and social sciences which are of direct relevance to the application to forensic anthropology.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology
Award abbreviationGDipForAnth
Course code72380
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code033769M
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull-time only
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Daniel Franklin

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; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (36 points):

S1FNSC5515Molecular Osteology
S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S2FNSC5622Scientific Expert Testimony
S2FNSC5626Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

NSFNSC4497Bio-Archaeology Fieldschool
S1FNSC5516Forensic Odontology and Introductory Osteology
S2FNSC5615Medicolegal Death Investigation

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. 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—

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

(ii) a Graduate Certificate 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 Graduate Diploma in 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 48 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. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 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


13. The Faculty may grant credit towards the course up to a value of 12 points for units successfully completed at Level 4 or higher.