Bachelor of Forensic Science

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Forensic Science
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$26,400* AUD
CRICOS course code073106G
LevelUndergraduate
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 S324
VTAC Codes1400315233 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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.

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.

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.

Course rules

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

  • 12 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

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

    ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology (Formerly ASL113)

    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 (Formerly ASL111)

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

    Level 2
    Trimester 1

    SLE212Biochemistry

    SLE213Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles

    Trimester 2

    SLE208Forensic Biology


    Level 3

    Trimester 2

    SLE313Forensic Analysis and Interpretation

    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.

    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.

    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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