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    Application Deadline
  • 18 months
This Forensic Science (Professional Practice) course from Murdoch University provides graduates in life sciences with professional training in forensic science and the skills required for roles such as Forensic Investigators or Crime Scene Officers.


This Forensic Science (Professional Practice) course provides graduates in life sciences with professional training in forensic science leading to the acquisition of skills relevant to criminal investigations. Crime scene reconstruction is emphasised as is the collection, processing and interpretation of biological and physical evidence. Instruction in anatomy, pathology and death-investigation is provided with a focus on injury recognition. Specimen preparation, sources of contamination, quality assurance, statistical interpretation and the admissibility of evidence are discussed as a prelude to the preparation and delivery of courtroom testimony.

Murdoch University has strong links with the Western Australia Police, PathWest (forensic biology), ChemCentre (forensic division), Western Diagnostic Pathology (forensic toxicology) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), providing opportunities for students in regards to research projects and professional experience.

This course is designed to generate graduates with the skills needed to work with the police and other investigative authorities as Forensic Investigators or Crime Scene Officers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Homicide and Death Investigation
  • Fingerprinting and Impression Evidence
  • Human DNA Profiling
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Advanced Research Methods for Scientists
  • Digital Forensics
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description
      Student visa holders must study full-time
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • A recognised Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7) in Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology or a closely related field of education; or equivalent training.
  • All students must satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34027 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34027 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Perth

  • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. Our International Welcome Scholarship therefore offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study. Find out what other scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
  • The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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