• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
The Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (online) delivered entirely via the collaborative forensic education partnership between the University of Canberra, the University of Florida, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Lausanne and Western Sydney University, there is no requirement for on-campus attendance. 


Online units are available in areas such as forensic chemistry, environmental forensic science, forensic toxicology, forensic medicine, forensic digital imaging, forensic biology, forensic statistics and forensic security. Upon successful completion of the six months (full-time) of your course, you will graduate with a degree from the University of Canberra, and can choose whether to progress employment in forensics or continue on your study path with a Postgraduate Diploma or Master in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science available by enrolling in additional units.

Study a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science (online) at University of Canberra and you will:

  • have a critical understanding of investigative and analytical concepts relating to forensic science
  • apply your knowledge to the collection and analysis of evidence
  • have the skills to be flexible and responsive in the broad range of situations that confront forensic investigators
  • know how to work within the legal and regulatory requirements of forensics and as an expert witness
  • accelerate your opportunity for promotion within the industry. 

Career opportunities

  • Forensic laboratory technician
  • Forensic officer
  • Forensic toxicologist
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Forensic analyst
  • DNA analyst
  • Technical officer
  • Analytical chemist
  • Mortuary technician

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Criminalistics 
  • Environmental Forensics 
  • Forensic Security: Biological Agents 
  • Forensic Security: Explosives 
  • Introduction to Digital Forensics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    12 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the normal requirements for admission to a graduate certificate course or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the University's Admissions Committe. 
  • Applicants should hold an undergraduate science degree, and it is highly recommended that they have satisfactorily completed a chemistry and/or biochemistry subject at the equivalent of a second year bachelor degree level.
  • It is highly recommended that applicants have satisfactorily completed a chemistry and/or biochemistry subject at the equivalent of a second year bachelor degree level.
  • CRICOS Code: 00212K

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20000 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20000 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • National

    16500 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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