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Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Forensic Science / Bachelor of Criminology
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$26,040 AUD
CRICOS course code075455D
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code D329
VTAC Codes1400315563 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
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Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin University’s Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology is the only combined course in Victoria which provides the opportunity to study forensic science and criminology as a combined course.


The course has been designed to enable graduates to work both in specialised fields and across professional boundaries. It is contemporary and relevant, with teaching staff who are active researchers in their respective fields. 


You will learn both arts and science traditions, giving you a broad appreciation of the professional, social, economic and cultural contexts of the forensic science and criminology disciplines.


You will have the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques essential to modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence and courtroom skills. The course will also give you practical, professional training to enable you to study critical analysis in the fields of policing, security, corrections, crime prevention and community safety, and various paralegal fields.


In your forensic science studies you can choose to major in Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry. Other areas of study in the course include topics such as forensic analysis and interpretation, the criminal justice system, crime prevention and security, and designing and conducting criminological research.


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 eligible to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).


Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you may find employment opportunities as a forensic scientist, criminologist or related role, in both the public and private sector, including areas such as the forensic science industry, science-based industries, teaching, government agencies, state and federal police, ASIO, correctional services, community services, and private security industries.

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Course rules

This combined course comprises 32 credit points of study. Students will undertake 16 credit point in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment and 16 credit points in the Faculty of Arts and Education course-grouped units. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Forensic Science (S324) and Bachelor of Criminology (A329) must be satisfied.



Forensic Science requirements (16 cp):

  • At least 16 credit points of Science course-grouped units;
  • 10 credit points of core Forensic Science units (plus 2 other core units shared with Criminology – ACR101 and ACR102);
  • Successful completion of SLE010 – Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 cp);
  • Successful completion of a major sequence in either Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Biology;
  • At least 4 credit points of Science course-grouped units at level 3;
  • Up to 6 credit points of Science course-grouped units at level 1; and
  • 2 credit points of Science course-grouped electives.

 Criminology requirements (16 cp):

  • Students must complete 16 credit points of study from the Faculty of Arts and Education including at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302.

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.


Forensic Chemistry

Forensic Biology

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Course structure

Bachelor of Forensic Science

Core Units

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  ^

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE133 Chemistry in Our World  ^

SLE112 Fundamentals of Forensic Science  

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  

SIT191 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis  

SLE208 Forensic Biology  

SLE212 Biochemistry  

SLE213 Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles  

SLE313 Forensic Analysis and Interpretation  


^Note: Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to replace SLE133 Chemistry in Our World with an elective unit.


Forensic Biology - Additional core units for major

SLE211 Principles of Physiology  

SLE221 Systems Physiology  

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE340 Genomes and Bioinformatics  


Forensic Chemistry- Additional core units for major

SLE210 Chemistry the Enabling Science  

SLE214 Organic Chemistry  

SLE229 Introduction to Separation Science  

SLE316 Analytical Chemistry  

SLE318 Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry  


Bachelor of Criminology units

ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology  

ACR102 Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice  

ACR201 Issues in Criminal Justice  

ACR202 Criminology Theory  

ACR301 International and Comparative Criminal Justice  

ACR302 Criminology Research  

ACR203 Crime, Victims and Justice  

ACR211 Crime Prevention and Security  **

ACR212 Crime, Surveillance and Technology  *

ACR213 Crime, Terrorism and Security  *

ACR204 Crime, Media and Justice  

ACR210 Crime, Surveillance and Society  **



* ACR212, ACR213 Trimester 1 (alternate years 2014, 2016) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2015, 2017)

** ACR210, ACR211 Trimester 3 (alternate years 2014, 2016) and trimester 1 (alternate years 2015, 2017)

^ SLE010 is a 0-credit-point compulsory unit




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Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

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Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

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