Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Extend your prior learning of forensic science to gain a deeper understanding of your chosen field through research exploration within this honours degree.

Taught by leaders in forensic science research

Top 1% of universities worldwide*

Pathway to masters and PhD programs

Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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.

Want to undertake research of national and global significance?

Honours is an optional year of specialised study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate degree. It’s an opportunity to showcase your expertise in a field you’re passionate about, and to develop invaluable research and life skills that will stay with you throughout your career.

You’ll be guided every step of the way by teachers and research staff who are experts in their respective fields, with broad international links and experience. You’ll also leverage our industry connections to work alongside professional forensic scientists. Through research, coursework and formal training, you’ll develop the skills and techniques needed for modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence to inform investigations.

Better yet, you’ll be playing a crucial role in producing research of global importance. 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 national and international grants.

As a graduate of this course you’ll have a distinct advantage when applying for roles in areas like forensic research, research science and insurance investigations.

You’ll also be well placed to pursue further study and research training, including masters and PhD programs.

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Course structure

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

The 8 credit points include:

  • 6 core units within your chosen specialisation
  • 2 core units that cover coursework in scientific disciplines
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Choose one of the following specialisations:

    Forensic Biology - unit set code SP-S000078

  • Research Design and Data Analysis SLE452
  • Advanced Topics in Forensic Science SLE454
  • Honours Biology Research 1A SLE420
  • Honours Biology Research 1B SLE421
  • Honours Biology Research 2 SLE422 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Biology Research 3 SLE423 (2 credit points)
  • Forensic Chemistry  - unit set code SP-S000079

  • Honours Chemistry Research 1A SLE430
  • Honours Chemistry Research 1B SLE431
  • Honours Chemistry Research 2 SLE432 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Chemistry Research 3 SLE433 (2 credit points)
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry SLE453
  • Advanced Topics in Forensic Science SLE454
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    S401
    CRICOS code?
    060342C
    Level
    Undergraduate
    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.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per semester. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Semester 1 - January

    • Start date: January
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Semester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    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 supervision and agreed on a project, you will need to complete an application form and submit this via the Deakin applicant portal. Click here for more information.

    See potential projects and supervisors for Honours at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $9,527 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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.

    Scholarship options

    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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    Need more information on how to apply?

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    Contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    deakin.edu.au/life-environmental-sciences

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    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    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.

    Top 1% of universities worldwide*

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction^

    Research alongside the brightest minds in forensic science

    Get personalised support at every step of your degree

    Career outcomes

    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:

    • forensics
    • insurance investigations
    • risk analysis
    • research science
    • government institutions
    • chemical, biological, food and pharmaceutical industries

    Professional recognition

    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.

    Communication

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

    Digital literacy

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

    Critical thinking

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

    Problem solving

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

    Self-management

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

    Teamwork

    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.

    Global citizenship

    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 2019
    ^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)

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