Postgraduate

Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Professional Practice)

In this year-long course, you’ll learn specialist forensic disciplines including bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA), fingerprint and impression analysis, pathology and injury interpretation, anthropology and archaeology, forensic DNA and forensic chemistry.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

G1085

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Duration (years)

1 year

Selection rank

CRICOS code

099648G
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World leading research

Our research in clinical sciences and medical microbiology is ranked well above world-standard, and immunology and genetics above world standard. 1

Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities

You’ll study in the heart of the Murdoch health precinct, which includes 3 hospitals and a medical research institute.

Grow your industry connections

Interact with researchers and scientists, with strong industry links, from Murdoch's world-class research centres.

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Overview

If you have a degree in science, or a relevant bachelor's degree, this course will give you the skills you need to help in criminal investigations. Alternatively, if you are already a Police or Forensic professional, you’ll be able to upskill or attain a university qualification in your field.

Study eight postgraduate forensic coursework units where you will reconstruct crime scenes as you learn to collect, process and interpret biological, chemical and physical evidence.

Build your expertise in specimen preparation, sources of contamination, quality assurance, statistical interpretation and the admissibility of evidence as you learn to prepare and deliver courtroom testimony.

7 reasons to study a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science at Murdoch

  • Learn to apply real forensic techniques through experiencing multiple crime scene rooms on and off campus. The crime scenes are equipped for different crime scenarios and bloodstain pattern interpretation.
  • Get valuable field experience at our Murdoch University Whitby Falls Farm, where you’ll process a simulated large-scale homicide and a clandestine grave incident for evidence.
  • Take advantage of our strong links with industry including the Western Australia Police, Australian Federal Police, PathWest (Forensic Biology), ChemCentre (Forensic Division), Defence Science and Technology Group, Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC), Western Diagnostic Pathology (forensic toxicology) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
  • Interact with a team of forensic practitioners as you learn from their domestic and international experience across thousands of real forensic cases.
  • Attend guest lectures and have your projects co-supervised by representatives from Australian law enforcement, scientists from forensic biology and chemistry laboratories and forensic medical practitioners.
  • Have you already completed our Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (Professional Practice)? The units you’ve completed will count towards this course, so you can graduate with a Graduate Diploma with just 4 more units.
  • Looking to continue on and complete your Master in just 18 months? We offer a 1.5 year Master of Forensics (Professional Practice) too, that the units you complete in this course (and the Graduate Certificate) count towards.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • bloodstain pattern analysis
  • chemical criminalistics, including forensic toxicology, trace analysis, illicit drug identification and HAZMAT scenes
  • digital, cyber and emerging forensic disciplines
  • forensic anthropology and archaeology and clandestine grave examination
  • fingerprint and impression evidence collection and analysis
  • expert witness and courtroom skills.

Your career

You’ll graduate with the specialised skills you need to work with the police, national security and defence or other investigative authorities.

Careers could include:

  • Crime Scene or Forensic Investigator
  • Forensic Biologist
  • Forensic Chemist for Police, Fire and Emergency services
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Forensic Researcher (universities or government organisations).

You could also find work in pathology laboratories (such as toxicology, molecular diagnostics or paternity testing) or set up your own private consultancy.

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Structure

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English Requirements

You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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