UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science

This is a multidisciplinary degree which uses the research and teaching of the University to address the public and industry needs of Western Australia and beyond. The course is aimed at students who have completed a degree in an allied science or other relevant subject area and wish to gain a qualification in forensic science and/or specialise in forensic science (odontology). Units in odontology are offered only to those students with dental qualifications.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Forensic Science
Award abbreviationGDipForenSc
Course code50320
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statusnot available in 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code033769M
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
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 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

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 (24 points):

S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
N/AFNSC5613Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
N/AFNSC5619Forensic DNA Analysis

Forensic Anthropology specialisation

Forensic Science specialisation

Odontology specialisation

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) (i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA, for the Forensic Science or Forensic Anthropology specialisation; or

(ii) a bachelor's degree in dental science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA, for the Odontology specialisation; or

(iii) relevant qualifications and experience considered by UWA to be equivalent to (a) (i) and (ii);


(b) a current National Police Certificate1, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal conviction;


(c) a current certificate of tetanus protection.

1Currency 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)
  • 51220 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (24 points)
  • 51520 Master of Forensic Science (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Graduate Diploma in 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 48 points which must include course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • Forensic Science
  • SP-FORAN Forensic Anthropology
  • SP-ODONT Odontology

(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.