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Forensic Behavioural Science

Swinburne University of Technology

36 months
33400 AUD/year
14630 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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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


150 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS Provider Code 00111D
  • 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 (70%) or higher) they may then transfer to the MA-FBS the following semester.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33400 AUD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    14630 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14630 AUD per year during 36 months.


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