UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Forensic Science

This course enables students to undertake a combined PhD (in their chosen discipline) and Master of Forensic Science.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleDoctor of Philosophy and Master of Forensic Science
Award abbreviationPhD, MForSc
Course code00880
Course typecombined postgraduate (coursework only and thesis only)
Statusnot available in 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science; Graduate Research School
CRICOS code040788E
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 required60
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration4 years
Time limit8 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeRTP

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

Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (42 points):

S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
N/AFNSC5613Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
N/AFNSC5619Forensic DNA Analysis
 FNSC5620Expert Testimony Part 1
 FNSC5623Advanced Expert Testimony Part 1
 FNSC5630Expert Testimony Part 2 (3 points)
 FNSC5633Advanced Expert Testimony Part 2 (3 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

N/AFNSC5518Forensic Science and Policing
 FNSC5520Criminal Behaviour
S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S2FNSC5615Medicolegal Death Investigation
 FNSC5616Digital Imaging in Forensic Science
 FNSC5617Forensics and Information Technology
 FNSC5618Special Topic in Forensic Science
S2FNSC5626Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method

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



Note: This course is not available in 2017.

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—

(a) had a PhD proposal approved by the Board of the Graduate Research School;


(b) an honours degree of at least 2A level or equivalent and have completed the first year of the course leading to the degree of Master of Forensic Science.

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 60 points.

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

Satisfactory progress

8. Students who—

(a) do not pass units to a points value of at least half the total points value of any units in which they remain enrolled;


(b) fail a unit that they have previously failed;


(c) do not satisfy the Board through relevant reports that their progress towards the PhD has been appropriate,

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. 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;


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

Additional rules

Time limit

13. Unless the Faculty on the recommendation of the Director of the Centre for Forensic Science approves otherwise, students must complete the units required under Rule 7 within four calendar years from the date of first enrolment in the combined course.

Submission of research proposal and thesis

14.(1) A student who is permitted to enrol in terms of Rule 4(a) must submit a full research proposal to the Board of the Graduate Research School no later than 31 October in the year of their commencement of candidature if enrolled full-time or within nine months of their date of commencement if enrolled part-time.

(2) A student must, before submission of the thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, complete the Master of Forensic Science component as set out in Rule 7.

Qualification for award

15. A student who completes the units required under Rule 7 and completes the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy will qualify for the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Forensic Science.