Postgraduate

Master of Forensic Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Enhance your skills and knowledge of forensic science with this master's and PhD program.

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Student Central

The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009

Telephone

131 UWA (131 892)

International

(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

"Forensic scientists may have a wide variety of responsibilities including identifying illicit drugs; analysing drugs and poisons in human tissue and body fluids; examining and comparing materials such as fibres, paints, cosmetics, oils, fuels, plastics, glass, metals, soils and gunshot residues; and examining human and animal biological material to be compared with victims and suspects using DNA profiling."
"Forensic scientists may have a wide variety of responsibilities including identifying illicit drugs; analysing drugs and poisons in human tissue and body fluids; examining and comparing materials such as fibres, paints, cosmetics, oils, fuels, plastics, glass, metals, soils and gunshot residues; and examining human and animal biological material to be compared with victims and suspects using DNA profiling."

Further Study

"Students may choose to pursue further studies in other areas of research related to forensic science."
"Students may choose to pursue further studies in other areas of research related to forensic science."

Fees and scholarships

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Domestic Student Fees

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Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

Research Training Program

Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are exempt from paying a contribution toward the cost of their research courses if UWA provides them with a Research Training Program place. This exemption applies for up to four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years full-time equivalent study for a master's by research. The RTP is a performance-based funding scheme administered by the Federal Department of Education and Training.

Cost of living

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International Student Fees

Indicative first year fee
2024
$43,600.00

Find out more about tuition fees or visit the fee calculator for the estimated total course fee.

Note, tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to increase up to 7.5 per cent per annum.

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

Research Training Program

Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are exempt from paying a contribution toward the cost of their research courses if UWA provides them with a Research Training Program place. This exemption applies for up to four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years full-time equivalent study for a master's by research. The RTP is a performance-based funding scheme administered by the Federal Department of Education and Training.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) had a PhD proposal approved by the Board of the Graduate Research School;
or
(b) an honours degree of at least 2A level or equivalent and have completed the first year of the course leading to the degree of Master of Forensic Science.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

Minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

This degree combines coursework units in a variety of forensic disciplines with a research thesis in an area of your choice.

About the course

The Master of Forensic Science and Doctor of Philosophy is a multidisciplinary degree that focuses on scientific methods for investigating crime, while also addressing the needs of forensic investigations within allied industries.
Master of Forensic Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2014
Locations
Attendance
Delivery
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 00880
CRICOS code
  • 040788E
Master of Forensic Science and Doctor of Philosophy
Status
  • Available 2014
Locations
Attendance
Delivery
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 00880
CRICOS code
  • 040788E
Full time/part time duration
  • 18 months for the master's component; variable for the PhD.