Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Forensic Science Bachelor of Arts in International Studies prepares students for professional and specialist work in the discipline of forensic science. Students build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in the enabling sciences, complemented by an in-depth understanding of forensic science in the context of their chosen discipline. Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills is a focus of the degree, with graduates in high demand from a diverse range of industries and organisations. Students also study a major in the language and culture of another country. This course provides students with a thorough understanding of how forensic science can solve and prevent crime. This is a hands-on course using world-class facilities that are modelled on operational laboratories. The course is well regarded nationally and internationally, with strong links to industries such as the federal and state police services, national and international forensic institutions, and government laboratories. With one year of international experience gained from studying and living overseas, graduates find it easier to adapt to and work in another country or Australia. Career options depend on the selected major but may include positions in the police service, state and federal law enforcement agencies, government and private forensic or drug detection laboratories, customs, quarantine services, environmental protection agencies, pharmaceutical, chemical and analytical industries, DNA testing laboratories, medical diagnostic laboratories, hospitals or corporate multinationals providing forensic, medical or research services, digital forensic laboratories, scene of crime officers. This course aims to produce professional forensic scientists with highly adaptable scientific skills, accompanied by a thorough grounding in theory and practice.
Students must complete 240 credit points of study made up of 48 credit points of core subjects, a 72-credit-point major choice, 24 credit points of electives and 96 credit points of country choice. Students spend their fourth year at a university overseas. This course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis.
- Crime scene investigation
- Digital forensics
- Language and culture
Standard entry requirements
- Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
- Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
- Or AE5: Pass
- Or PTE: 58-64
- Or CAE: 176-184. Assumed knowledge includes: 2-unit mathematics
- Any two units of English
- And any two units of science. HSC Mathematics Extension 1
- And Physics are recommended.
The Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) is available to eligible students with an additional one year of full-time study.
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Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.