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28140 AUD/year
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The Master of Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology comprises coursework and research training that will enable graduates to work effectively in the widest range of forensic environments and with the widest range of forensic populations and to deal with complex and challenging issues in an autonomous manner.

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Professionals who work in forensic mental health/behavioural science contexts, or with forensic populations (such as offenders) require specialised skills.

In addition to acquiring in-depth knowledge and skills in various aspects of forensic behavioural science, the Master of Forensic Behavioural Science  will allow students to undertake two or five research-related units depending on their preferred future career aspirations.

The Master of Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology  is offered through the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne, in collaboration with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).

Note: This course is available to local students and off-shore international students who are studying in a country other than Australia; this course is not available to on-shore international students on a student visa.

Aims and objectives

Upon successfully completing the Master of Forensic Behavioural Science, students will be able to:  

  • Critique the theories and principles that are influential in the field of forensic behavioural science
  • Demonstrate capacity to translate knowledge of research into practical applications within forensic settings
  • Apply specialised knowledge of key research methodologies and evidence-based practice, including conducting evidence appraisal and evaluating research design
  • Demonstrate the capacity for independent thought, abstraction, critical evaluation and synthesis of existing knowledge and theories across the field of forensic behavioural science
  • Independently resolve complex issues and formulate judgements based on relevant evidence/ theories
  • Compose original solutions relevant to their practice, and both communicate and justify these ideas to specialist and non- specialist audiences
  • Apply specialist knowledge and skills to respond effectively to a broad range of complex and challenging forensic issues in an autonomous, responsible and ethical manner.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Skills in Forensic Practice 
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law Process 
  • Principles of Violence Risk Assessment and Management 
  • Research Design 
  • Statistical Practice 
  • Research Project 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


150 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entry into the Master of Forensic Behavioural Science (MA-FBS) requires initial enrolment in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Forensic Behavioural Science (GC-FBS or GD-FBS). If students are able to meet specific criteria (completion of the three Core units, FBS80001, FBS80002, FBS80003, with an average result of distinction or higher) they may then transfer to the MA-FBS the following semester. Any units completed in the GC-FBS or GD-FBS will be counted towards the MA-FBS. Please indicate your intent to transfer to the MA-FBS in your Statement of Purpose included with your application.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    28140 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28140 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • International fee is A$3925 per unit.
  • National commonwealth supported fee is $6,566


Check the official programme website for information about funding options.

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