Bachelor of Forensic Science

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Forensic Science
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full time or part time equivalent
CRICOS course code073106G
Deakin course codeS324

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Forensic Science aims to provide formal training in the skills and techniques essential to modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence.

The course combines studies in biology, chemistry, biochemical and chemical analysis, statistical analysis and molecular biology. You will also undertake studies in criminology, including the examination and interpretation of evidence and courtroom skills.

The course has extensive industry links with local and Australian forensic organisations, and features guest lecturers and site visits in collaboration with leading forensic organisations.

Graduates may also have the opportunity to go on to further study and enter honours and postgraduate programs.

Students and graduates of this course are encouraged to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Forensic Science has been professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Forensic Science, career opportunities exist in forensics, insurance investigation, risk analysis, research science, in government institutions and in chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$8,328Not applicable$31,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 11 core units
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit‐point compulsory unit)
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • at least 6 credit points at level 3 (at least 4 must be Science course grouped)
  • Completion of a major sequence in either: Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Biology

With careful planning, students may use up to eight of their remaining electives on units offered outside the Faculty such as units in Criminology, for example.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Forensic Biology
Forensic Chemistry

Course structure

Core units

Level 1
Trimester 1

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

SIT191Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

*SLE010 is a 0-credit-point compulsory unit

Trimester 2

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

SLE112Fundamentals of Forensic Science

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

Level 2
Trimester 1

SLE212Biochemistry

SLE213Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles

Trimester 2

SLE208Forensic Biology


Level 3

Trimester 2

SLE313Forensic Analysis and Interpretation

Details of major sequences

Students must complete a major sequence in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry in addition to the core unit requirements:

Forensic Biology - unit set code MJ-S000049

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

The forensic biology major aims to provide you with the specific biological skills that are very important in the forensic science workplace. These biological-based skills complement the generic forensic science attributes developed in the core units of the course.   Study in this area may lead to a career based on entomology, human anatomy and DNA based forensic science.

SLE211Principles of Physiology

SLE212Biochemistry *

SLE221Systems Physiology

SLE254Genetics

SLE356Advanced Topics in Forensic Biology (Tri-3)

SLE340Genomes and Bioinformatics

* Already core units in the degree.

Forensic Chemistry - unit set code MJ-SU00015

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

The forensic chemistry major aims to provide you with the specific chemistry skills that are very important in the forensic science workplace. These chemically-based skills complement the generic forensic science attributes developed in the core units of the course.  Study in this area may lead to a career based on toxicology, drug detection and chemical detection.

SLE210Chemistry the Enabling Science

SLE214Organic Chemistry

SLE229Introduction to Separation Science

SLE316Analytical Chemistry

SLE318Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry

SLE312Toxicology