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 title
- Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- Postgraduate diploma
- Current / 2023
- Administered by
- Social Sciences
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study 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
- 1 year
- Time limit
- 4 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Available to international students
- Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- 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.
No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.
Key to availability of units:
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Take all units (42 points):
|Availability||Unit code||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
||lectures: 8 x 1.5 hours; tutorials: 8 x 1.5 hours; lab work: approximately 2 hours per week|
|S1||FNSC5516||Forensic Odontology and Introductory Osteology||
||lectures: 8 x 1.5 hrs; tutorials: 8 x 1.5 hrs|
|S1||FNSC5611||Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science||None||lectures: 2–3 hours per week; practicals: 1–2 hours per week; seminars: 6 x 2 hours|
|S1||FNSC5612||Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method||
||lectures and labs: 40 hours (2–3 hours per week)|
|S1||FNSC5614||Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method||
||lectures/tutorials/practicals/a final examination: 50–60 hours|
|S2||FNSC5622||Scientific Expert Testimony||
||workshops: 4 full days; mock court: 2 full days (1 as an observer, 1 assessed), practical work 2-3 hours per week.|
|S2||FNSC5626||Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method||
||lectures: 9 x 3 hours per week; practicals: 9 x 3 hours per week|
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
|Availability||Unit code||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|N/A||FNSC4497||Bio-Archaeology Fieldschool||None||3 weeks full-time international field work (150 hours)|
|S2||FNSC5615||Medicolegal Death Investigation||
||lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs: approx. 2–3 hours per week.|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules
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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).
(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.
(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
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.
4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have
(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
(c) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to Forensic Anthropology; or
(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology at 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.
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.
8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.
10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.
(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances
(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';
(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';
(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.
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.
13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).
14. The Faculty may grant credit towards the course up to a value of 12 points for units successfully completed at Level 4 or higher.