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University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Sydney , New South Wales ,Australia

Bachelor of Forensic Science

The Bachelor of Forensic Science prepares students for professional and specialist work in the discipline of forensic science. Students build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in the enabling sciences, complemented by an in-depth understanding of forensic science in the context of their chosen discipline. Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills is a focus of the degree, with graduates in high demand from a diverse range of industries and organisations.
This course provides students with a thorough understanding of how forensic science can solve and prevent crime. This is a hands-on course using world-class facilities that are modelled on operational laboratories.

The aim is to produce professional forensic scientists with highly adaptable scientific skills accompanied by a thorough grounding in theory and practice. This is a well-regarded course with strong links to industries such as the federal and state police services, national and international forensic institutions, and government laboratories.

Students choose one from the following four majors (and also combine this course with international studies, creative intelligence and innovation, or law :

  • chemistry – students gain knowledge and skills on how to analyse and exploit chemical and non-biological traces found at crime scenes. They learn a range of analytical and chemical techniques and methods of analysis to process their samples. They also learn how to document their findings by incorporating informative data, intelligence and analysis to support criminal investigations.
  • biology – students gain knowledge and skills on how to exploit biological traces, such as blood, saliva, hair, bones, insects and animal/human remains to support criminal investigations. They gain experience in using a range of techniques and methodology using advanced technology.
  • crime scene investigation – students gain knowledge and skills on how to process a crime scene systematically. They learn how to examine and access a crime scene, and analyse and process traces at the crime scene including recording and collection techniques, fingermark detection, blood splatter examination, and shoe and tyre impressions. In addition, students use a range of portable crime scene technologies to aid in their investigation and documentation of crime scenes.
  • digital forensics – students gain knowledge and skills in collecting, analysing and reporting of data and digital information related to cyber-crime. As lives are more exposed online through social media, online banking and shopping, digital traces are left in the form of data. In the event of a crime, such as identity theft, cyber attack or terrorism, a digital forensic scientist can use data to help investigators identify suspects or gain intelligence on criminal activities. This major gives students the skills in networking, programming and understanding of cybercrime. Students gain knowledge of how these attacks occur, and how to investigate and prevent them.

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  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 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

Career options vary according to the chosen major.

Chemistry: criminalist, trace evidence specialist, explosive specialist, analytical chemist, toxicologist, clinical or regulatory toxicologist, analytical technician.

Biology: DNA specialist, forensic scientist, molecular research scientist, hospital scientist, pathology technician, forensic anthropologist, forensic pathologist.

Crime scene investigation: scene-of-crime officer, team leader in investigations, fire investigator, trace evidence specialist, forensic scientist, analyst.

Digital forensics: digital forensic scientist or analyst, e-Discovery analyst, cyberthreat intelligence analyst, fraud investigator, information security analyst, malware analyst.

Graduates of these majors could find employment with organisations such as the Australian Federal Police, state policing agencies, ASIO, CSIRO, ANSTO, customs, immigration, banks and financial institutions, consulting and accounting firms, private forensic agencies, and cybersecurity firms.

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


Successful completion of the All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE) (10+2) with overall grades in best four academic subjects where A1=5, A2=4.5, B1=3.5, B2=3.0, C1=2.0, C2=1.5, D1=1, D2=0.5, or successful completion of the Indian School Certificate Examination (10+2) awarded by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) with an overall percentage grade average in the best four externally examined subjects.

Successful completion of the Higher Secondary School examinations from some state boards with a competitive pass may also be accepted.

Sri Lanka

Successful completion of the Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 Advanced level passes at the same sitting.


Successful completion of at least one full-time year of a four-year bachelor's degree at a recognized university or a completed 2 to 3 years bachelor degree at a recognized university.


Successful completion of at least one full-time year of a four-year bachelor's degree at a recognized university or a completed 2 to 3 year bachelor degree at a recognized university.


Successful completion of at least one full-time year of a four-year bachelor's degree at a recognized university or a completed 2 to 3 year bachelor degree at a recognized university.



Minimum English Language Requirements

  • Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0;
  • TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21;
  • AE5: Pass;
  • PTE: 58-64;
  • CAE: 176-184

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