Forensic science

Discipline

From crime scene to court house and everything in between – acquire skills in modern forensic science, from biology and chemistry to criminology. You’ll learn how to perform examinations; analyse, interpret and present evidence; and hone your courtroom skills.

Get work-ready

Apply your knowledge in simulated crime scenes and courtroom presentations. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in our work-integrated learning program, helping you to build real-world skills under the supervision of industry experts. With a strong focus on practical training, you'll graduate ready to solve real crimes with confidence.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

Get your head out of those crime novels and become part of true stories. There are all sorts of career opportunities in forensics, including:

  • chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries
  • DNA-based forensic science
  • drug and chemical detection
  • education
  • entomology
  • government organisations
  • human anatomy
  • insurance investigation
  • risk analysis
  • research science
  • toxicology.

Although general scientific knowledge and processes are taught, the application of science taught in a forensic setting is a key element to the course.

Bianca Szkuta

Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)/PhD

Learn more about Bianca's experiences

'The field of forensic science has fascinated since I was first exposed to it in secondary school. When it came time to decide my career path, it was inevitable that Deakin would be my first preference. This is because it is the only university in Victoria that offers a specific undergraduate degree in forensic science with the ability to choose your major of chemistry or biology.

I was fortunate enough to complete my honours and PhD research with the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department (VPFSD) investigating DNA transfer. In addition to acquiring many skills, being exposed to a functioning forensic laboratory has been a fantastic opportunity.

The best part about being at Deakin is that you feel like you are part of a community. Having visited and studied at the Geelong Waurn Ponds, Burwood and Geelong Waterfront campuses I have found the modern facilities provided make them all a very comfortable environments to study and learn in.'

First-class facilities

Our purpose-built and flexible crime scene training facility directly equips students with the skills they'll need to succeed in the real-world. With a kitchen, lounge room and bedroom set, it enables a wide range of gruesome scenarios to be staged.

Accreditation

Our Bachelor of Forensic Science course and honours program in forensic science are both professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Deakin is the first university in Australia and the only university in the Asia-Pacific region to offer professionally accredited forensic sciences courses. Meaning, you can potentially work anywhere in the world.

As a graduate, you can become a member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).

Research that matters

Forensic science is all about cracking a case or making a small but important breakthrough. Much of Deakin’s research is conducted in partnership with government departments, industry and leading international scientists. Take on a higher degree by research and showcase your findings to the world.

Recent Deakin research

Residual DNA on examination tools following use

Recent studies observing the transfer of DNA via examination tools used within forensic laboratories (scissors, forceps and gloves) have highlighted the contamination risk of such implements if protocols following their use and replacement aren't adhered to.

Learn more about researching with us

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