Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code060342C
Deakin course codeS401

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Enhance your undergraduate qualifications and gain valuable research skills with an honours year in forensic science. This course is designed to broaden your knowledge, give you a competitive edge in the job market, and pave the way for possible further study in forensic science.

Honours is an optional specialised year of study that allows you to draw together the theory and practical skills gained in previous undergraduate studies. You’ll refine your analytical and research skills while expanding employment and study options. You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of the discipline of forensic science through research, additional coursework, and training in research techniques.

You’ll get formal training in the skills and techniques needed for modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence to solve crimes.

Our teaching and research staff are experts in their respective fields, with broad international links and experiences. Much of Deakin's research in forensic science is conducted in partnership with government departments, private agencies, and leading international scientists, and is funded by nationally and international grants.

As a graduate of this course you’ll have a distinct advantage when applying for roles in areas such as forensics, insurance investigation, risk analysis, research science, government institutions and within chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries.

Career opportunities

A Forensic Science degree is a great way for you to start a career in science.  In addition to the normal wide range of job opportunities, this degree sharpens your communication skills and opens new doors into fields such as risk analysis, insurance investigation, and, of course, forensic science.

Fees and charges

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Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Graduates will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in information technology.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Communicate effectively the design and outcomes of research using a range of verbal, graphical and written forms customised for diverse audiences.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, critique, and disseminate outcomes from the research project.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Use critical and analytical thinking to identify problems and the design of solutions using established theories, models, constructs and practice.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Apply theoretical constructs, advanced skills and critical analysis to demonstrate well developed judgement adaptability and evaluation of solutions to research problems.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Develop and apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy, initiative and ethical behaviour in research.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Work independently and/or collaboratively within a research team, receiving advice and guidance from supervisor/s that contributes to achieving the outcomes of the Honours project.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Apply scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability in collaboration with stakeholders to articulate the place and importance of scientific inquiry in the local and global context.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours), students must attain 8 credit points.

The 8 credit points will include four 2 credit point units of study. The course may be completed by full-time study or part-time equivalent.

Course structure


Forensic Biology - unit set code SP-S000078

SLE420Introduction to Biology Research

SLE421Honours Biology Coursework

SLE422Honours Biology Thesis A

SLE423Honours Biology Thesis B

Forensic Chemistry  - unit set code SP-S000079

SLE430Introduction to Chemistry Research

SLE431Honours Chemistry Coursework

SLE432Honours Chemistry Thesis A

SLE433Honours Chemistry Thesis B