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What will I learn?

Undertake one of two streams. Forensic and analytical chemistry combines the practices of analytical chemistry and forensic investigation. Forensic biology uses aspects of life sciences to examine biological material in a forensic context. The degree involves analysing and identifying physical evidence, elements and compounds.

What you will study

First year

A typical first year may include:

  • core topics in the evolution of biological diversity, the molecular basis of life, chemical structure and bonding, modern chemistry, introduction to forensic science, and the nature of science
  • a topic in biostatistics or data science
  • an elective topic.

Second year

A typical second year may include:

  • core topics in molecular biology, spectroscopy and data analysis, separation science, and chemical criminalistics
  • topics in forensic and analytical chemistry, or forensic biology
  • a selection of elective topics.

Third year

A typical third year may include:

  • core topics in biological criminalistics; applied spectroscopy and electrochemistry; and drug action, metabolism, toxicology and analysis
  • topics in forensic and analytical chemistry, or forensic biology
  • a selection of elective topics.

Honours year

A typical honours year may include:

  • a major forensic and analytical science research thesis, which develops core research skills enabling students to progress to a higher degree by research, and increases the scope of their options in the job market
  • further development of professional forensic skills such as evaluation and presentation of expert evidence in court.

Your career

Forensic and analytical science opens career options in areas such as illicit drug testing, DNA analysis, trace evidence examination and toxicology.

Potential occupations include:

  • analytical/forensic chemist
  • analytical chemist
  • forensic technical assistant
  • formulation chemist
  • graduate chemist.

Potential employers include:

  • chemical, pharmaceutical, food, marine chemical investigations, and forensic industries
  • forensic, analytical, winery and environmental laboratories
  • government agencies.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

CRICOS

074777E

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,500.00 (19,85,854) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023

Venue

Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,

BEDFORD PARK,

South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of the High School Diploma with SAT minimum score of 1500 with a minimum of 500 in each band, ACT minimum composite score of 21. Flinders University recognizes international secondary schooling for direct entry to undergraduate programs. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE) - Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking.

For international students

Flinders University recognises international secondary schooling for direct entry to undergraduate programs.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): B2

There are two admissions cycles for undergraduate degrees: February intake (semester 1): applications open in August for commencement the following year. All courses are open for applications. Midyear intake (semester 2): applications open in August for commencement in July the following year. Not all courses are offered.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Flinders University

Flinders University ranked 1st in South Australia for teaching quality, learning engagement and student support.

  • Among top 300 - THE World University Rankings 2020
  • Home to over 5000 international students
  • Based in Adelaide one of the most liveable cities in the world
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