Forensic DNA

A postgraduate program

Not offered in 2014

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time (intensive mode)
Location: On campus


Course name: Graduate Diploma in Forensic DNA
Duration (full-time equivalent): 8 months
GradStart code: Not applicable
CRICOS code: Not available to international students


This course focuses on methods of molecular biology, in particular as applied to the use of DNA technology in forensic science, the theoretical basis of those methods, and their limitations and applications to specific problems in forensic science.

Students gain an understanding of the basic scientific concepts relevant to DNA technology. They also receive basic training in a range of field, laboratory and computational methods, as well as learning communication skills and problem-based and critical thinking skills.

Graduates will acquire the skills to perform laboratory procedures in forensic DNA techniques and maintain records to the exacting standards required for court-admissible evidence. They will also understand the theoretical basis of DNA technology to enable them to keep abreast of new techniques as they become part of DNA forensic practice. When cross-examined in court these graduates will also have the clear confidence in their techniques and record keeping to defend the veracity of their work.

How can I use Forensic DNA in my career?

Practitioners in the field of forensic investigation who lack a background in DNA theory and practice could expand their expertise through this diploma course. Graduates of a bachelor’s degree with a major in biology or chemistry, who are wanting to move into the forensic field, would also be well served by this diploma course.

The team-based and problem-based learning skills encouraged in this course will transfer well to workplaces.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution which includes a major in biology or chemistry.

However, applicants may be admitted if they hold a degree (or equivalent) in another discipline and have experience in forensic science or DNA technology which the Faculty Board deems appropriate.


Domestic students
Mid year entry:No
Applications:SATAC - GradStart
Application closing dates:

Check GradStart.



International students
Mid year entry:N/A
Application closing dates:




Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Diploma in Forensic DNATo be advised.Not available to international students

Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?

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