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Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)

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Study Deakin's Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) to broaden your understanding of a chosen discipline within the field, while building key research and soft skills that enhance your employment options and prepare you for further study.Want to undertake research of national and global...

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
1 year full-time
Course Code
S401, 060342C
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months

About this course

Study Deakin's Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) to broaden your understanding of a chosen discipline within the field, while building key research and soft skills that enhance your employment options and prepare you for further study.

Want to undertake research of national and global significance?

Honours is an optional year of specialised study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate degree. It's an opportunity to showcase your expertise in a field you're passionate about, and to develop invaluable research and life skills that will stay with you throughout your career.

You'll be guided every step of the way by teachers and research staff who are experts in their respective fields, with broad international links and experience. You'll also leverage our industry connections to work alongside professional forensic scientists. Through research, coursework and formal training, you'll develop the skills and techniques needed for modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence to inform investigations.

Better yet, you'll be playing a crucial role in producing research of global importance. Much of Deakin's research in forensic science is conducted in partnership with government departments, private agencies and leading international scientists, and is funded by national and international grants.

As a graduate of this course you'll have a distinct advantage when applying for roles in areas like forensic research, research science and insurance investigations.

You'll also be well placed to pursue further study and research training, including masters and PhD programs.

Entry requirements

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Study locations

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Career pathways

Graduate with transferable skills that give you a competitive edge in the job market, including data analysis, critical thinking and problem solving.

Your in-depth understanding of your chosen discipline, plus your highly advanced research skills, will set you up to succeed in further study and open up employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • forensics
  • insurance investigations
  • risk analysis
  • research science
  • government institutions
  • chemical, biological, food and pharmaceutical industries

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours), students must attain 8 credit points.

The 8 credit points include:

  • 6 core units within your chosen specialisation
  • 2 core units that cover coursework in scientific disciplines
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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