University of Technology Sydney

C04392v1 Master of Forensic Science (Extension)

Award(s): Master of Forensic Science (MForSc)
CRICOS code: 098060M
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Master of Forensic Science (Extension) prepares students for professional and specialist work in the discipline of forensic science and is designed for professional scientists wishing to update and broaden their scientific and professional skillset with managerial/business acumen or research experience.

This course is designed to expand students' knowledge and practice of forensic science alongside developing science management and leadership skills. The course contains compulsory core and elective practice-focused forensic science subjects across a range of disciplines from the crime scene to the laboratory. Professional subjects covering a range of skills crucial to all professional scientists – such as project and laboratory management, advanced scientific communication, ethics, innovation and science business models – complete the course. The final session of electives allows students to complement their existing skillset using tailored subjects from related disciplines across health, engineering and business, or to study a current problem in their discipline area by undertaking a research internship (subject to approval by the faculty).

For students with suitable achievement levels, an opportunity to undertake a more substantial research project is available by transferring into the Master of Philosophy in Forensic Science (C04393). For those considering a research degree, the Master of Philosophy provides a pathway to a PhD.

Course aims

The course aims to produce adaptable forensic scientists who are proficient with modern professional practice and technology, and have strong general professional skills such as scientific communication, critical analysis, and project management.

Career options

Depending on the area of specialisation, graduates may pursue employment with organisations such as the Australian Federal Police, state policing agencies, ASIO, CSIRO, ANSTO, customs, immigration, and private forensic agencies. Career options include criminalist, trace evidence specialist, forensic toxicologist, DNA specialist, scene-of-crime officer, team leader in investigations, fire investigator, and fingerprint analyst.

Graduates may also proceed to a career in research by transferring into the Master of Philosophy in Forensic Science (C04393).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Analyse: Demonstrate critical engagement with the appraisal of advanced knowledge in forensic science in a range of professional contexts.
1.2 Synthesise: Develop a professional identity through engagement with scientific knowledge to demonstrate depth, breadth, application and interrelationships of relevant discipline areas.
1.3 Evaluate: Combine advanced application of in- depth and up-to-date technical knowledge and research principles in forensic science, critically evaluating the informationís source and relevance, with a focus on evidence, investigative and intelligence frameworks relevant to professional practice.
2.1 Analyse: Critically evaluate information such as scientific literature in the investigation of complex forensic science problems.
2.2 Synthesise: Tackle the challenge of real-world forensic science problems by investigating, analyzing and critically evaluating different solutions to complex problems.
2.3 Evaluate: Assess, argue for, and conduct appropriate approaches to independent research adopting techniques from a variety of sources in the context of relevant professional practice.
3.1 Analyse: Engage in work practices that demonstrate an understanding of health and safety requirements, ethical conduct, risk management, and organisation and collaborative skills, record keeping in the context of forensic science.
3.2 Synthesise: Develop and prepare ethical solutions to global forensic science problems that can impact on society.
3.3 Evaluate: Design, construct, collaborate and execute appropriately-judged professional solutions to forensic science problems incorporating a regard for, and understanding of, the needs and consideration of relevant stakeholders within the profession.
4.1 Analyse: Find and reflect the value, integrity, and relevant of multiple sources of information to derive innovative solutions to complex forensic science problems.
4.2 Synthesise: Self-reflect on the processes used to acquire and apply knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.
4.3 Evaluate: Find, create, and evaluate solutions to forensic science needs through innovation, creativity, curiosity, application of technologies, and commitment to self-directed learning.
5.1 Analyse: Identify appropriate communication approaches from a variety of methods (oral, written, visual) to communicate with forensic science experts, scientists, industry, and the general public.
5.2 Synthesise: Present and communicate complex ideas and justifications in a rigorous, effective and professional manner across all mediums to a range of audiences using appropriate media.
5.3 Evaluate: Judge the use of appropriate interpersonal communication skills with peers, industry representatives, government, and members of the public.
6.1 Analyse: Demonstrate an appreciation of historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges relevant to forensic science.
6.2 Synthesise: Develop cultural awareness for ethical and respectful practices, and when developing community relations.
6.3 Evaluate: Integrate appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, as both experience and analysis, into professional practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Entry into the course requires the completion of a bachelor's, master's, graduate diploma, graduate certificate qualification in chemical sciences, biochemistry and cell biology, human biology, forensic science or medical science.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for recognition of prior learning of up to 36 credit points if the subjects previously studied are deemed by UTS: Science to be equivalent to those specified for their course.

To be considered for recognition of prior learning, subjects must normally have been completed no more than five years before the commencement of this course.

Course duration and attendance

The standard course duration is two years of full-time study.

The course may also be completed in part-time mode, typically over four years. Part-time students must be prepared to attend some afternoon or morning classes during each teaching week.

Course structure

The course requires 96 credit points of study, comprising 24 credit points of professional stream subjects, 48 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91294 Core subjects (Forensic Science) 48cp
STM91284 Professional stream (Science PG) 24cp
CBK91767 Electives (Science PG) 24cp
Total 96cp

Course program

The following examples show typical full-time programs for students commencing in Autumn or Spring sessions.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
65019 Foundations of Forensic Science   8cp
Select 10 credit points from the following:   10cp
60110 Leadership in Science 8cp  
60107 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation 8cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60108 Laboratory Management 4cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60118 Work Health and Safety for Science 8cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
Spring session
65009 Forensic Inference and Interpretation   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
65006 Advanced Chemical Criminalistics 8cp  
65007 Biometrics and Identification Sciences 8cp  
65015 Forensic Science Research Internship Project A 8cp  
65016 Forensic Science Research Internship Project B 8cp  
65017 Forensic Science Research Internship Project C 16cp  
65018 Forensic Science Research Internship Project D 16cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 2 credit points from the following:   2cp
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
65006 Advanced Chemical Criminalistics 8cp  
65007 Biometrics and Identification Sciences 8cp  
65015 Forensic Science Research Internship Project A 8cp  
65016 Forensic Science Research Internship Project B 8cp  
65017 Forensic Science Research Internship Project C 16cp  
65018 Forensic Science Research Internship Project D 16cp  
65008 Crime Scene Investigation and Management 8cp  
65010 Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis 8cp  
Spring session
CBK91767 Electives (Science PG)   24cp
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
65019 Foundations of Forensic Science   8cp
65009 Forensic Inference and Interpretation   8cp
Select 2 credit points from the following:   2cp
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 10 credit points from the following:   10cp
60110 Leadership in Science 8cp  
60107 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation 8cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60108 Laboratory Management 4cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60118 Work Health and Safety for Science 8cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
65008 Crime Scene Investigation and Management 8cp  
65010 Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis 8cp  
65015 Forensic Science Research Internship Project A 8cp  
65016 Forensic Science Research Internship Project B 8cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
65006 Advanced Chemical Criminalistics 8cp  
65007 Biometrics and Identification Sciences 8cp  
65015 Forensic Science Research Internship Project A 8cp  
65016 Forensic Science Research Internship Project B 8cp  
65017 Forensic Science Research Internship Project C 16cp  
65018 Forensic Science Research Internship Project D 16cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
CBK91767 Electives (Science PG)   24cp

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