The University of Western Australia

Master of Forensic Science

The University of Western Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00126G

This is a multidisciplinary program which focuses on concerns in regard to violent crime and also addresses the needs of forensic investigation within allied industries. The suite of units provides an interdisciplinary introduction to many forensic science disciplines including DNA, entomology, anthropology and forensic chemistry. Students are given the opportunity to research a particular topic in more detail and gain experience in the criminal justice system and expert evidence in the Expert Testimony unit. In the second year of the course, students complete a dissertation on a specific topic of their choice that further develops their research skills.

Designed for

Police officers, pathologists, insurance company investigators, entomologists and criminologists


This course may be taken by way of coursework and dissertation only. Course structure: an approved course of advanced study totalling 96 to 99 points.


  • Forensic science
  • Odontology
  • Anthropology

Standard entry requirements

  • Relevant bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Or GDip in Forensic Science within 4 years (60% average) or equivalent
  • Odontology: relevant bachelor degree in dental science, or equivalent

Study pathways

Providing entry requirements are met, an opportunity exists for students to undertake the coursework from the Forensic Science master degree, but submit a PhD thesis in place of the usual master research project. This would lead to the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Forensic Science. The entry requirements for the PhD are a bachelor degree with honours (2A) plus academic references.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Crawley Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 5 years

Further information

Current National Criminal History Record check with no criminal conviction; and certification of tetanus protection is required.

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