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Master of Forensic Anthropology
Master of Forensic Anthropology

Master of Forensic Anthropology

  • ID:UWA610106
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;


(c) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to Forensic Anthropology; or

(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology or Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology at UWA.

English Requirements

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening 

  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)

  • PTE (Academic): Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

Course Information

The Master of Forensic Anthropology enables you to undertake advanced studies in forensic anthropology, while developing an in-depth knowledge of the human skeleton. You'll gain a practical understanding of the scientist’s role within the Australian legal system, and have the opportunity to explore various anthropological techniques using traditional and digital modalities. 

There is considerable diversity of research related to forensic anthropology, ranging from morphometrics through to computer-graphic facial reconstruction, and interdisciplinary research is encouraged. 

You are provided with a grounding in ethics and research methods in forensic science, relevant theory and method applicable to forensic anthropology and the related disciplines of odontology and archaeology, as well as the analytical and practical skills needed to provide expert testimony in court. 

After successful completion of eight coursework units you'll be able to specialise in a particular area of interest, gaining practical experience in an independent scientific study through the completion of a dissertation and data-based research projects of direct relevance to forensic anthropology. 


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Course structure details


Take all units (90 points):

  • FNSC5515 Molecular Osteology (6)

  • FNSC5516 Forensic Odontology and Introductory Osteology (6)

  • FNSC5611 Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science (6)

  • FNSC5612 Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method (6)

  • FNSC5614 Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method (6)

  • FNSC5622 Scientific Expert Testimony (6)

  • FNSC5626 Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method (6)

  • FNSC5627 Forensic Anthropology Professional Project Part 1 (12)

  • FNSC5628 Forensic Anthropology Professional Project Part 2 (12)

  • FNSC5649 Forensic Anthropology Dissertation Part 1 (12)

  • FNSC5650 Forensic Anthropology Dissertation Part 2 (12)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Many students who choose this program are likely to do so to achieve the necessary osteological/forensic knowledge to apply for PhD study upon course completion. Others are seeking employment in mainstream forensics. To that end, graduates of this course may find employment opportunities as a forensic scientist generally (or anthropologist specifically) in both the public and private sector, including areas such as the forensic science industry, science-based industries, teaching, government agencies, state and federal police, ASIO, correctional services; and community services. Other possible career options include working as a freelance forensic anthropologist, or employment with a private forensic company, a national institution, or the United Nations.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) per year

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