Bachelor of Medical Science (Forensic Mortuary Practice)

Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc(ForMortPrac)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3733.1

AQF Level: 7

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2017 or later.

This is a three year degree that combines traditional biomedical disciplines (biology, chemistry and biochemistry) with those of medical science (anatomy, physiology, pathology) and with a focus on forensic science in the senior years. Career opportunities include forensic mortuaries and forensic laboratories (as forensic technicians), and also in the funeral industry or as post mortem assistants.

This course will involve study at both Campbelltown and Hawkesbury campuses.

Study Mode
Three years full-time


Assumed knowledge: At least two of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

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.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students must have a National Police Certificate, and a First Aid Certificate. Students must comply with NSW Health vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

One-day placement (observational) at a forensic mortuary in unit 301127 Mortuary Practice Two-week clinical placement at a forensic mortuary (or similar) in 301128 Advanced Mortuary Practice.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequences below.

This course will involve study at both Campbelltown and Hawkesbury campuses.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus

301126Concepts in Human Anatomy
300811Scientific Literacy
300806Forensic Science

(Note: 300806 Forensic Science is only available at Hawkesbury campus)

Choose one of

300808Introductory Chemistry
300800Essential Chemistry 1

Please note unit 300800 is no longer available from 2017. Students should take unit 300808 Introductory Chemistry.

Spring session

Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2
301353Introduction to Physiology

Note: Unit 301353 Introduction to Physiology replaces 300818 Introduction to Physiology from Autumn 2020

Year 2

Autumn session

Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus

300828Physics 1
300936Functional Proteins and Genes

Choose one of

300832Analytical Chemistry
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Spring session

Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus

300817Molecular Biology
300898Appendicular Skeleton

(Note: 300898 Appendicular Skeleton is only available at Campbelltown campus)

301356Pathological Basis of Disease

Note: Unit 301356 Pathological Basis of Disease replaces 300889 Pathological Basis of Disease from Autumn 2020

Summer session

Hawkesbury Campus

300935Evidence and Crime Scene Management

Year 3

Autumn session

Campbelltown and Hawkesbury Campus Concurrently

Campbelltown campus

300894Anatomy of the Thorax and Abdomen

Hawkesbury campus

300868Forensic Chemistry
301120Forensic Anthropology
301127Mortuary Practice

Note: 301127 - Mortuary Practice will be offered from 2019.

Spring session

Campbelltown and Hawkesbury campus Concurrently

Campbelltown campus

300897Anatomy of the Head and Neck

Hawkesbury campus

401170Forensic Biology
301128Advanced Mortuary Practice

Note: 301128 - Advanced Mortuary Practice will be offered from 2019

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