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Master of Forensic Science

Approved Abbreviation: MForSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3741.2

AQF Level: 9

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is University of Florida, Term 3 2021 or later

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2017 - 3741.1 Master of Forensic Science

The course is designed for applicants who need advanced level knowledge across a range of forensic disciplines including crime scene investigation, fingerprint detection and identification, forensic chemistry, forensic biology, forensic toxicology, illicit drug analysis, and forensic medicine. The fully-online nature of the units and the flexibility available with unit selection means that the course can be adapted to suit applicants working or intending to work in areas that include forensic science laboratories, toxicology and pathology laboratories, drug assessment agencies, customs and border protection, law enforcement, and areas related to national security. The Master of Forensic Science includes two compulsory research units.

• This course is part of a collaborative education partnership with the University of Florida

Study Mode
One and a half years full-time or three years part-time.

Course Advice

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Course Advicescience@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
OnlineFull TimeOnline See above
OnlinePart TimeOnline See above

Admission

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in natural or physical sciences.

It is recommended that applicants have completed chemistry and biology units in their undergraduate degree.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the units listed below.

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma (80 credit points) or Graduate Certificate (40 credit points) on completion of the relevant units. Refer to links below for structure requirements for these two exit awards.

Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science

Compulsory Units (30 credit points)

301131Crime Scene Investigation (PG)
301129Forensic Research 1
301130Forensic Research 2

Choose at least 20 credit points from the following

301151Advanced Criminalistics
301154Biological Agents 1
301152Environmental Forensics 1
301153Environmental Forensics 2
301156Explosives
301132Fingerprint Detection and Identification

Select the remaining credit points from

301155Biological Agents 2
301149Blood Distribution and Spatter
301139Drug Biotransformation and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity
301148Forensic Analysis of DNA
301434Forensic Analysis of DNA 2
301147Forensic Anthropology (PG)
301442Forensic Digital Imaging
301144Forensic Genetics
301146Forensic Immunology
301133Forensic Medicine I
301134Forensic Medicine II
301136Forensic Toxicology I
301137Forensic Toxicology II
301135General Toxicology
301140Medicinal Chemistry of Drugs of Abuse
301141Natural Medicinal Products
301143Pharmaceutical Analysis
301142Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry
301138Toxic Substances
301150Toxicology of Chemical Weapons

Please note

The units listed below count towards completion of the course for students who may have passed units in the list below in 2017 or earlier.

301145 - Forensic Entomology



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