Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science)


Domestic

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Local
Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationHawkesbury
Duration 3F 
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn)
UAC Code728085 [Hawkesbury]
Entrance Rank80.00 ATAR [Hawkesbury]
Fee Information

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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

International

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International
Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationHawkesbury
Duration3F
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn)
Course Code3589.7 [CRICOS Code 049084J] 
Entrance Rank

Please refer to Admission Requirements

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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

Details

Western Sydney University's Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science) degree, with its very own Crime Scene Investigation Training and Research Facility, is a comprehensive undergraduate science degree that offers a hands-on introduction to collecting evidence and conducting forensic investigations – ensuring graduates are well prepared for the real-life equivalent. A number of recent students now work as Scene of Crime Officers for the NSW Police Force.

Criminalistics (the scientific collection and analysis of physical evidence in criminal cases) often adopts more novel scientific practices and provides valuable linkage evidence in forensic casework. You will engage in a range of criminalistic topics including forensic photography, hair and fibre comparison, paint analysis, footwear and tyre impression evidence, fingerprint, bloodstain pattern interpretation, tool mark examination, biological evidence, drug identification, DNA analysis, explosive residues, GSR (Gun Shot Residue), and buried evidence.

The practical aspects of the Crime Scene Investigation Training and Research Facility are blended with solid theory, balancing and integrating both laboratory and field-based work. You will benefit from a range of learning strategies, including theoretical concepts associated with science, forensic science, law and criminology – all under the guidance of our academic staff, whose lengthy forensic backgrounds offer reassuring real-world experience. What's more, the course is supported by an External Advisory Committee consisting of leading forensic science practitioners, including state and federal law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories.

Places within the Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science) are limited and highly competitive, so students interested in this area of study may, as an alternative, complete a major in Forensic Chemistry within the Bachelor of Science.

Practical Experience

The Crime Scene Investigation Training and Research Facility at the Hawkesbury campus enables you to practice realistic crime scene investigation. You will gain an understanding of critical aspects of forensic investigation by processing mock crime scenes, including evidence collection and integrity, fingerprint, footwear impression evidence, blood stain pattern interpretation, DNA collection, drug sampling, tool mark evidence, scene sketching and crime scene photography.

A range of forensic case studies provides you with access to physical evidence exhibits, and introduces you to the realities of a forensic science case. You will develop professional skills and practices, including evidence handling and integrity, using an evidence exhibit registry, case file management and preparation, accreditation requirements, court presentation, using contemporaneous notes, report writing, and writing police/expert witness statements.

Units

Access information about the units (subjects) you will complete as well as important admission information:

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Career opportunities for Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science)

Thanks to exciting advances in science and technology, and a growing community awareness of forensic sciences, the reliance on forensic evidence in criminal investigations has greatly increased in recent years. As a graduate of the University's Forensic Science degree, you'll be well- equipped to work within a range of forensic and other scientific disciplines for employers such as:

  • Australian Federal Police (AFP), NSW Police, and all other State and Territory police services
  • Australian Border Force (ABF), Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
  • WorkCover
  • Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)
  • State and Commonwealth health departments
  • Government analytical chemistry laboratories

Careers include

  •  forensic scientists
  • crime scene investigator
  • private investigator
  • forensic consultant
  • drug analyst
  • environmental investigator
  • police officer
  • drug tester in human and animal sports
  • forensic researcher
  • academic

How to apply

All domestic applications for entry to Western Sydney University undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the International Admissions pages.