What is Forensic Science?
Forensic Science is a mixture of chemistry and criminology. A forensic scientist’s job is to visit crime scenes and collect evidence, then study and interpret it in a lab, and even present findings to police or in court. They can help to determine who was involved in a crime and how it happened.
Becoming a forensic scientist could be perfect for you if you’re inquisitive, a great problem solver, have a mind for science, and are okay with examining crime scenes and remains. You will most likely need a relevant tertiary degree if you want to work as a forensic scientist.
Where can I study forensic science?
There are heaps of universities in Australia that offer courses in forensic science. We’ve gathered a few that you might be interested in below.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Forensic Science can be studied at their Waurn Ponds campus. You get the chance to enhance your studies by practicing in their purpose-built crime scene training facility. You can also visit a courtroom and participate in a ‘moot court’ as part of your studies.
Western Sydney University
WSU’s Bachelor of Medical Science (Forensic Mortuary Practice) is a three-year course that you can study at their Campbelltown and Hawkesbury campuses. This unique degree combines medical science and forensic science, and can lead to a career as a forensic pathologist or post-mortem assistant. You also get to participate in a work placement opportunity with Forensic and Analytical Science Service (FASS) in the last year of the course.
The first of its kind in Queensland, Griffith’s Bachelor of Forensic Science is a three-year course available for study at their Nathan campus. You get to learn from forensic experts who have worked on real cases, as well as participate in a moot court. You can choose to major in either Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Molecular Biology.
Flinders’ Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Science) is a three-year degree available for study in Bedford Park. You can choose to study one of two streams, either Forensic and Analytical Chemistry, or Forensic Biology. You can get hands-on experience in one of Flinders’ laboratories, and a chance to carry out honours research with an industry partner.
Edith Cowan University
You can study forensic science in WA with ECU’s Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) majoring in Forensic Science. This is a three-year course available at their Joondalup campus. You get to study in state-of-the-art forensic laboratories, and get hands-on experience in simulated crime scenes in the ECU Health Simulation Centre.
If there’s no uni near you, don’t worry. There are plenty of online options as well. You could consider something like CQUni’s Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology), which offers a unique blend of criminology, psychology, sociology, law and forensic science. And even though the course is online, you still get the option to complete a work placement as part of the degree.
Where can I find out more?
If you’re keen to study forensic science, check out some of the options above, or search your favourite uni and see if they offer a similar course. You can also learn about similar careers and the pathways you can take to get there in our Job Spotlight series.