Forensic science

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.

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Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Forensic ScienceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of CriminologyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of Science (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study forensic science at Deakin?

Gain practical 'crime scene' experience

Our purpose-built crime scene training facility provides you with a real-life experience of working a crime scene. This flexible facility, which includes a kitchen, lounge room and bedroom, enables a wide range of scenarios to be staged – presenting students with the gruesome elements forensic investigators are confronted with, from body fluids to blood, finger prints to fibres and weapons. This holistic approach to forensic science training, equips students with the skills required to correctly identify, collect and store evidence through to lab analysis and presenting evidence in a court room.

Tailor your degree

Deakin's Forensic Science combines studies in biology, chemistry, biochemical and chemical analysis, statistical analysis and molecular biology together with studies in criminology, including the examination and interpretation of evidence. The course comprises 12 core units and a compulsory major sequence in either forensic chemistry or forensic biology. In addition to the core unit requirement you may also use up to eight of your remaining electives on units offered outside the faculty to obtain a further major sequence, for example criminology.

Highly sought-after skill set

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 together with the ability to think critically and solve problems. Forensic is not just about laboratory work, but prepares you for a range of real-life settings in which today's science graduates work.

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Work-Integrated Learning

Deakin's Bachelor of Forensic Science offers the opportunity to undertake an Industry-Based Learning (IBL) placement or an internship.

Our Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Program allows you to incorporate a full or part-time industry placement as part of your degree, enabling you to develop the skills employers highly value. It also prepares you for real-life settings in which today's science graduates work. WIL placements are designed as elective units and are credited towards your degree. Some placements also come with an industry‑funded scholarship.

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Honours study

Honours is an optional specialised year of study that allows you to draw together the theory and practical skills gained in previous undergraduate studies. It is offered in all the Deakin science degrees and gives you the opportunity to refine your analytical and research skills while expanding employment and study options. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of your particular discipline through research, additional coursework and training in research techniques.


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, industry and leading international scientists, and is funded by nationally and internationally competitive granting agencies.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course may find career opportunities in areas such as forensics, insurance investigation, risk analysis, research science, government institutions and within chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries.

The additional major sequence requirement provides you with the specific biological or chemical skills that are extremely important in the forensic science workplace. A forensic biology major may lead to a career based on entomology, human anatomy and DNA-based forensic science whilst a forensic chemistry major may lead to a career based on toxicology, drug detection and chemical detection.

Accredited courses

Deakin is the first university in Australia, and only university in the Asia-Pacific region, to offer professionally accredited forensic science courses. Our Bachelor of Forensic Science and the honours program in forensic science have both been professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. The Bachelor of Forensic Science component of the combined course in forensic science and criminology is also accredited with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

This accreditation recognises our ongoing commitment to providing students with knowledge, skills and practical experience in the areas of interpretation, evaluation and presentation of evidence (IEPE); crime scene investigation (CSI); and laboratory analysis (LA).

Industry links

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.

Want to study overseas as part of your degree?

Maybe you should apply for the Global Science and Technology Program. The program enables students to achieve their dreams of a truly global education and includes a $3000 scholarship. Visit the Global Science and Technology Program website to find out more about the program, how it works and where our students are studying overseas. You will also find information about how to apply for this amazing opportunity.

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