You love a mystery. Finding clues. Solving puzzles.
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.
Study science. Major in discovery
At Western, you not only deep dive into forensics, you learn to solve complex problems by working with students in other disciplines. Because it’s never too soon to develop working relationships with your scientific colleagues. Gain access to state-of-the art teaching labs. Get a chance to graduate with real-world experience.
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Fees and delivery
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 $27,640*
Delivery: On campus.
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Graduates of this course can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Australian Federal Police
- Australian Boarder Force
- Government analytical chemistry labs
- State and Commonwealth health department
- Forensic Consultancy
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.
Forensic Drug Analyst
Forensic Drug Analysts study drugs and other toxic substances that may be of interest in crimes. They work in both the field and the laboratory to help identify causes of death and to help prosecute or exonerate suspects in crimes.
Private Investigators conduct investigations for clients and prepares evidence for court proceedings. Registration or licensing is required.
Environmental Scientists study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources.
Research Scientists plan and carry out experiments, analyse results and data, present your findings in scientific journals, carry out fieldwork, develop new products or apply new discoveries, test materials and teach and lecture.
University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.
Crime scene house
Forensics majors can collect evidence and investigate realistic crime scenes at Western’s world-class training and research facility, Crime Scene House.
- Imaging lab for recording and analysing images
- Instrumentation lab with a glass analysis system
- Polarisation microscopy systems to examine, for example, hairs and fibres
- Development systems for detecting fingerprints on various surfaces
- Specialised forensic light sources
- Cutting-edge forensic photography technologies
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Further study options
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.