Get a hands-on introduction to collecting evidence and conducting forensic investigations. Study forensic photography, hair and fibre comparison, footwear and tyre impression evidence, fingerprinting, blood spatter interpretation, tool mark examination, biological evidence, drug identification, DNA analysis, explosive residues, GSR (gunshot residue) and buried evidence.
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Forensic Science has a strong emphasis on the biological sciences (including DNA techniques, genetics, plants and toxicology), the chemical sciences (including analytical chemistry, biochemistry and organic chemistry) and, within this degree, you will find specialised Forensic units.
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Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $29,040*
Delivery: On campus
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As a science graduate in forensic science look forward to career opportunties including:
- Forensic scientist
- Crime scene officer
- Accident investigator
- Private investigator
- Forensic consultant
- Drug analyst
As a Forensic Scientist you'll provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defence in criminal and civil investigations. You'll be primarily concerned with searching for and examining contact trace material associated with crimes.
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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.