Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipForSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3742.1

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

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.

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

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
OnlineFull TimeOnline See above
OnlinePart TimeOnline See above


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.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including the units listed below.

Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate (40 credit points) on completion of the relevant units. Refer to link below for structure requirements for this exit award.

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science

Choose at least 20 credit points from the following

301131Crime Scene Investigation (PG)
301132Fingerprint Detection and Identification
301129Forensic Research 1
301130Forensic Research 2

Select the remaining credit points from

301151Advanced Criminalistics
301154Biological Agents 1
301155Biological Agents 2
301149Blood Distribution and Spatter
301139Drug Biotransformation and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity
301152Environmental Forensics 1
301153Environmental Forensics 2
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

Note: the unit listed below counts towards completion of the course for students who passed this unit in 2017 or earlier.

301145 - Forensic Entomology

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