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.

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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.

The teaching and support staff at Deakin are always willing to provide support and want the best for all their students.

Neisha Nyenbrink

Bachelor of Forensic Science student

Learn more about Neisha's experiences

'I have always been interested in the field of crime and criminal investigations from a young age and have always watched crime shows which sparked my interest in studying forensic science. It is rewarding learning new things that I know are going to help people one day and help solve crimes which will provide justice to victims.

Staff at Deakin have all been extremely approachable and understanding with any issues one may have. Coming to university is obviously daunting for a lot of people, however there is always support and help available if needed which helps ease the transition.

I like the range of possible opportunities that Deakin provide. The student association provides many activities for students, which enables all students to gain unique experiences on top of generally studying their course. Whether you need study support or even anything health related, Deakin has something to help you with whatever issue you may be facing.'

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.

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