Identify blunt and sharp force injuries and the weapons that cause them, study the pathology of asphyxiation and use pollen to solve a crime. Murdoch’s Forensic Biology and Toxicology is the only course of its kind in WA.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
This is the only course of its kind in WA. You’ll learn a range of forensic disciplines, including how to recognise blunt and sharp force injuries and the weapons that cause them. You’ll study the pathology of asphyxiation, electrocution, gunshot wounds and the injuries associated with fatal fires, learn about forensic entomology (the insects that decompose human remains), be exposed to the techniques used for disaster victim identification and learn how to estimate time of death.
You’ll receive practical training in forensic palynology (the use of pollen grains to connect a suspect to a crime scene) and forensic anthropology (the identification of skeletal remains). You’ll also learn witness imaging techniques, with hands-on training in facial approximation, using clay-based sculptures to ‘reconstruct’ facial features from a human skull. In your final year, you’ll build on everything you have learnt throughout your degree by investigating a murder case from crime scene to court room.
Forensic practitioners from PathWest, the Chemistry Centre and the Forensic Division of WA Police all contribute to the Forensic Biology and Toxicology course. Legal practitioners from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and from the Coroner’s Office also provide input so this course stays up-to-date with the latest real-world techniques and policies.
You can combine this course with Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science, Clinical Laboratory Science, Chemistry or Criminology to create a unique double major and expand your career prospects.
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus (some units external)
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
- School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Students undertaking units in Forensic Biology and Toxicology will not be required to kill any vertebrate animal but they will be required to work with fresh tissues from dead animals in certain units. Students will also be exposed to graphic images of homicidal injuries and to human cadavers.
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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
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