Forensic science


From crime scene to court house and everything in between – acquire skills in modern forensic science, from biology and chemistry to criminology. You’ll learn how to perform examinations; analyse, interpret and present evidence; and hone your courtroom skills.

Professional accreditation: the only accredited forensic science degree in the Asia-Pacific region
First-class facilities: including our flexible crime scene training facility

Career opportunities

Get your head out of those crime novels and become part of true stories. There are all sorts of career opportunities in forensics, including:

  • chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries
  • DNA-based forensic science
  • drug and chemical detection
  • education
  • entomology
  • government organisations
  • human anatomy
  • insurance investigation
  • risk analysis
  • research science
  • toxicology.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

We bring experts into the classroom to lecture on real cases. Our course takes students all the way from the crime scene through to the court room.

Michelle Harvey

Associate Professor/Course Director, bachelor of forensic science

Potential accreditation

We're the first university in Australia, and the only university in the Asia–Pacific region, to offer a professionally accredited forensic science degree. Meaning, you can potentially work anywhere in the world.

First-class facilities

Our purpose-built and flexible crime scene training facility directly equips students with the skills they'll need to succeed in the real-world. With a kitchen, lounge room and bedroom set, it enables a wide range of gruesome scenarios to be staged.

Research with us

Forensic science is all about cracking a case or making a small but important breakthrough. Much of Deakin’s research is conducted in partnership with government departments, industry and leading international scientists. Take on a higher degree by research and showcase your findings to the world.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

Residual DNA on examination tools following use

Recent studies observing the transfer of DNA via examination tools used within forensic laboratories (scissors, forceps and gloves) have highlighted the contamination risk of such implements if protocols following their use and replacement aren't adhered to.


Our Bachelor of Forensic Science course and honours program in forensic science are both professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Deakin is the first university in Australia and the only university in the Asia-Pacific region to offer professionally accredited forensic sciences courses.

As a graduate, you can become a member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).

Deakin Three Minute Thesis

Watch forensic science student Natalie Gasz's winning Three Minute Thesis presentation – Medical maggots: Misunderstood Superheroes?

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