24 months
908 AUD/credit 43584 AUD/year
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The Master of Philosophy in Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney provides students with a unique opportunity to undertake original research and gain in-depth knowledge in their chosen area of forensic science.    

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Students have access to staff that are leading researchers and experts in their field. Undertaking this course allows students to explore their research potential and develop research skills. It is designed to provide a scholarship pathway to the PhD program. 

This Master of Philosophy in Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney  is designed to expand students' knowledge and practice of forensic science alongside developing science management and leadership capabilities, culminating in a substantial research project in Year 2. The course contains compulsory core and elective practice-focused forensic science subjects across a range of disciplines from the crime scene to the laboratory. Professional subjects covering a range of skills crucial to all professional scientists – such as project and laboratory management, advanced scientific communication, ethics, innovation and science business models – complete Year 1.

Year 2 comprises a substantial research component, giving students an opportunity to undertake original, cutting-edge research. For students with suitable achievement levels, this provides a direct pathway to a PhD, and carries points that can be used in the scholarship application process.

Course aims

The course aims to produce adaptable forensic scientists who are proficient with modern professional practice and technology, and have strong general professional skills such as scientific communication, critical analysis, and project management. With a substantial research component, students develop their research skills, which can be utilised either in industry R&D or as the initial foundations of a research career.


Depending on the area of specialisation, graduates may pursue employment with organisations such as the Australian Federal Police, state policing agencies, ASIO, CSIRO, ANSTO, customs, immigration, and private forensic agencies. Career options include criminalist, trace evidence specialist, forensic toxicologist, DNA specialist, scene-of-crime officer, team leader in investigations, fire investigator, fingerprint analyst.

Graduates may also proceed to a career in research through entry to a PhD.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Communication Skills in Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Leadership in Science  
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation
  • Ethics in Human Research
  • Ethics in Animal Research 
  • Laboratory Management 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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96 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: 098062J    

  • Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.
  • This program is normally available to students who have commenced in the Master of Forensic Science (Extension) (C04392) or Master of Forensic Science (C04391), and demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and research potential. Admission is via internal course transfer. Prospective students must liaise with their program director to organise a supervisor and project.

Tuition Fee

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    43584 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 908 AUD per credit during 24 months.
  • A small number of postgraduate courses offer government subsidised Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP).  

Living costs for Sydney

1882 - 3547 AUD /month
Living costs

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


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