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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)

Study Deakin’s Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) to broaden your understanding of a chosen discipline within the field, while building key research and soft skills that enhance your employment options and prepare you for further study.

Want to undertake research of national and global significance?

Honors is an optional year of specialized study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate degree. It’s an opportunity to showcase your expertise in a field you’re passionate about, and to develop invaluable research and life skills that will stay with you throughout your career.

You’ll be guided every step of the way by teachers and research staff who are experts in their respective fields, with broad international links and experience. You’ll also leverage our industry connections to work alongside professional forensic scientists. Through research, coursework, and formal training, you’ll develop the skills and techniques needed for modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence to inform investigations.

Better yet, you’ll be playing a crucial role in producing research of global importance. Much of Deakin's research in forensic science is conducted in partnership with government departments, private agencies, and leading international scientists, and is funded by national and international grants.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll have a distinct advantage when applying for roles in areas like forensic research, research science, and insurance investigations.

Campus Information

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

At Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, you are surrounded by expansive grounds and impressive new buildings. It offers state-of-the-art engineering, medical and sport facilities, as well as some of the most advanced research spaces in the world. The campus also features incredible sporting facilities, including Deakin’s Elite Sport Precinct, which includes an Australian rules football oval, FIFA-grade soccer pitch, athletics track, basketball courts, and more.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Graduate with transferable skills that give you a competitive edge in the job market, including data analysis, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

Your in-depth understanding of your chosen discipline, plus your highly advanced research skills, will set you up to succeed in further study and open up employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • forensics
  • insurance investigations
  • risk analysis
  • research science
  • government institutions
  • chemical, biological, food and pharmaceutical industries

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.