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Bachelor of Medical Science (Forensic Mortuary Practice)

Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc(ForMortPrac)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3733.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 0101789

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 2020 or later.

Commencement Year 2017 - 3733.1 Bachelor of Medical Science (Forensic Mortuary Practice)

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.

Note: This course involves a mandatory health and medical assessment that must be completed prior to enrolling in 301127 Mortuary Practice offered in 1st Half Year 3, and undertaking the associated clinical placement. Students who are unable to pass the assessment by the end of Autumn session in the second year of the course will be required to take a leave of absence pending re-assessment in the following year, or transfer to an alternative medical science or science degree such as 3673 Bachelor of Medical Science (Anatomy and Physiology major) or 3589 Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science).

Study Mode
Three years full-time


Assumed knowledge required: 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
In order to enrol in the third year Clinical placement units, all students must have a National Police Certificate, and a First Aid Certificate. Clinical placements are a mandatory component of this course. To be eligible for clinical placements, students must; 1. Comply with NSW Health vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. NSW Health can provide details of necessary vaccinations. 2. Receive a clearance from an authorised Western Sydney University-approved provider after successfully completing a health/medical/fitness assessment as prescribed by the University When on clinical placement students must wear the Western Sydney University Forensic Science t-shirt. Any special requirements incurring a fee will be at the student’s expense.

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.

Students taking part in the placements do so under the University Student Placement Policy. Ultimately the unit-coordinator will have responsibility for ensuring the quality of supervision whilst students are on placement. This will be facilitated by regular contact with the students’ whist they are on placement. The course is co-designed and co-delivered by members of FASS and a FASS member (Director) is a member of the EAC. Whilst at FASS the director will have responsibility for ensuring the quality of supervision and liaising with the unit coordinator to ensure a quality outcome. The quality of supervision at non-FASS sites will be the responsibility of the unit coordinator. ‘Good Supervision’ guides are available to help those sites unfamiliar with supervising WSU students.

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

301254Concepts in Human Physiology
300811Scientific Literacy
300806Forensic Science

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

300808Introductory Chemistry

Spring session

Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2
301126Concepts in Human Anatomy

Year 2

Autumn session

Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus

301269Human Systems Physiology 1
300936Functional Proteins and Genes

Choose one of

300832Analytical Chemistry
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Spring session

Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus

301251Molecular Biology of the Cell

Note: 301251.1 Molecular Biology of the Cell replaces 300817 Molecular Biology from Spring 2021


(Note: 300754 Neuroanatomy is only available at Campbelltown campus)

400881Functional Anatomy

(Note: 400881 Functional Anatomy is only available at Campbelltown campus)

301270Human Systems Physiology 2

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
301394Mortuary Practice

Note: 301394.1 - Mortuary practice replaces 301127.2 - Mortuary Practice from 2021.

Spring session

Campbelltown and Hawkesbury campus Concurrently

300889Pathological Basis of Disease

Campbelltown campus

300897Anatomy of the Head and Neck

Hawkesbury campus

401170Forensic Biology
301128Advanced Mortuary Practice

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