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Direct applications to Deakin for Semester 1 2024 have closed
Study Deakin’s Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) to broaden your understanding of a chosen discipline within the field, while building key research and soft skills that enhance your employment options and prepare you for further study.
Honours is an optional year of specialised study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate degree. It is an opportunity to develop your expertise in a field you are passionate about and to gain invaluable research and life skills that will stay with you throughout your career.
You have worked hard for your undergraduate degree. Why not take the next step with an honours degree that launches your career forward?
You will be guided every step of the way by teachers and research staff who are experts in their respective fields, with international links and broad experience. You’ll be able to leverage Deakin’s industry connections to work alongside professional forensic scientists. Through research, coursework and formal training, you will develop the skills and techniques needed for modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence to inform investigations.
Deakin's research in forensic science is conducted in partnership with government departments, private agencies and leading international scientists, and is funded by national and international grants. This means that work you complete during your Honours program may contribute to producing research of global importance.
You’ll have a distinct advantage when applying for roles in forensic research, research science and insurance investigations and be well placed to pursue further study and research training, including masters and PhD programs.Read More
- Award granted
- Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)
2024 course information
- Deakin code
- CRICOS code?
- 060342C Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
To complete the Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours), students must attain 8 credit points, which must include the following:
- six (6) core units within your chosen specialisation (6 credit points)
- two (2) core units that cover coursework in scientific disciplines (2 credit points)
- completion of DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory unit).
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.
Scientific Discipline units
Choose one of the following specialisations:
Forensic Biology - unit set code SP-S000078
Forensic Chemistry - unit set code SP-S000079
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Semester 1 - January
- Start date: January
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Application closing date: Monday 9th January 2023
Semester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Application closing date: Monday 12th June 2023
Additional course information
Projects and Supervision - additional information
As part of your application for this course, you will be required to first contact potential supervisors and discuss projects. Once you have met with a supervisor and agreed on a project, you will need to complete an application form and submit this via the Deakin applicant portal.
Further information on How to Apply, important dates and the 2024 Honours Projects booklet can be found here: Honours in Life and Environmental Sciences.
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.
Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.
To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher or major in a related discipline with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) (or equivalent average grade indicator) of at least 65 in third year units, or where relevant, final year units
English language proficiency requirements
To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:
- Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent)
- other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)
Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.
Recognition of prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook. Learn more about fees and available payment options on our Current students fees website.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
Before you apply you need to identify a project and supervisor to support your application. Take a look through the projects booklet (PDF, 2.0MB) to see if there is an existing project that interests you. Contact the project supervisor to discuss the project and seek their written (e-mail) agreement to supervise you.
You may also contact the Honours Campus Coordinator to discuss your own project proposal and identify a potential supervisor.
After you have had a discussion and agreed upon a project, you will need to complete the honours application form and attach to a formal application through the application portal.
Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.
Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.
Graduate with transferable skills that give you a competitive edge in the job market, including data analysis, critical thinking and problem solving.
Your in-depth understanding of your chosen discipline, plus your highly advanced research skills, will set you up to succeed in further study and open up employment opportunities in areas such as:
- insurance investigations
- risk analysis
- research science
- government institutions
- chemical, biological, food and pharmaceutical industries
The Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) has been professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Graduates of this course are encouraged to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Graduates will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one of forensic biology or forensic chemistry.
Communicate effectively the design and outcomes of research using a range of verbal, graphical and written forms customised for diverse audiences.
Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, critique, and disseminate outcomes from the research project.
Use critical and analytical thinking to identify problems and the design of solutions using established theories, models, constructs and practice.
Apply theoretical constructs, advanced skills and critical analysis to demonstrate well developed judgement adaptability and evaluation of solutions to research problems.
Develop and apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy, initiative and ethical and professional behaviour in research.
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.
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 27 June 2019
*ARWU Rankings 2022
^Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)