Why choose this program?
OP 1 to 6 Guarantee
If you receive an OP 1-6 or equivalent and meet subject prerequisites, you're guaranteed a place in this program.
Forensic investigators are skilled, dedicated people with the ability to keep an open mind and concentrate on hard evidence. This program brings science to life by providing you with professional training in handling real criminal casework in forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic toxicology.
Griffith University is at the forefront of forensic science education in Queensland and has a national and international reputation for excellence. The program will also equip you with high-level skills applicable to a range of other scientific careers.
My attendance during the program
The Bachelor of Forensic Science is offered full-time on campus at the Nathan campus. You may choose to study approved elective courses at other campuses if or where the program structure allows.
As a full-time student you will generally attend 10-15 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the semester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week. Some scheduled classes are held off-campus during the evenings; for example, moot court sessions in 2011BPS Forensic Evidence and the Expert Witness are held at the Brisbane Magistrates Court one evening per week over eight weeks.
To be classed as a full-time student you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points (CP) each semester. This may affect your entitlement to Centrelink benefits. Minimum CP for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.
Work-integrated learning activities integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life. In this program you will engage with forensic scientists and allied professionals from Queensland Health Scientific Services and the Queensland Police Service in several core courses. This will be achieved through their provision of key lectures, and through their participation in problem classes, moot courts and other assessable student presentations to expose you to the core needs of accredited forensic laboratory organisations in terms of service provision and research.
What are the fees?
Commonwealth supported students
This program has Commonwealth supported places available in 2014.
- Commonwealth supported students make a student contribution towards the cost of their courses, while the majority of the cost is subsidised by the Australian Government.
- Students are liable for the student contribution charge for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
- HECS-HELP is a loan scheme which provides eligible Commonwealth supported students with assistance in paying their student contribution charge.
- Student contribution amounts are set by the Australian Government on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students
- A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
- Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
- The tuition fee charged is applicable to the semester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Forensic Science (1264)
Year Fee Category / Band Fee per CP Tuition Fee per EFTSL ( 80 cp) 2014 FPUG Band 6 $249.00 $19,920.00 2013 FPUG Band 6 $239.00 $19,120.00 2012 FPUG Band 6 $230.00 $18,400.00
Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.
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My opportunities after graduation
My career opportunities
You could become a DNA expert, a forensic molecular biologist, forensic chemist or forensic toxicologist and as an acknowledged expert in these and a variety of roles within the criminal justice system you could be called on by courts to present expert evidence in criminal cases.
The excellent knowledge and high-level skills acquired in forensic DNA profiling, forensic chemistry and forensic toxicology, together with a thorough grounding in the core scientific disciplines, will provide you with the flexibility to enter scientific careers not directly related to forensic organisations. These include molecular biology, analytical chemistry and biomedical science in public and private sector hospitals, universities and biotech companies.
Your career may be as a DNA expert, a forensic molecular biologist, forensic chemist or forensic toxicologist, or in a broader scientific environment, or elsewhere within the criminal justice system.
Professional recognition will vary depending upon your choice of major:
- Forensic Chemistry: The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) recognises graduates of this award. In 2014, an application will be lodged for Royal Australian Chemical Institute accreditation.
- Forensic Molecular Biology: The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology recognise graduates of this award.
Pathways to further study
You may choose to undertake a fourth-year research honours degree, which can lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).