Forensic science



Learn the skills and techniques essential to modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence. Drawing on a diverse range of subjects – from biology and chemistry through to molecular biology and criminology – you’ll learn how to perform examinations, interpret evidence and hone courtroom skills.

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

Potent 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.

Forensic science courses

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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.

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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).

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:

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

What do our students and staff say?

Deakin Three Minute Thesis 2015 Winner – Natalie Gasz

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

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