Forensic Medicine - M6009

Forensic Medicine

Expert master degree

In this course, you will gain advanced expertise and specialised knowledge enabling you to become highly sought after in the forensic medical, dental or science fields.  Building on your qualification in medicine, dentistry, biomedical science or radiography, you will be able to apply your knowledge in the interests of justice.

You will learn to:

  • make high level, independent judgements in the forensic setting;
  • gain sound knowledge of medico-legal principles;
  • gain the skills to clearly communicate medico-legal issues to the justice system; prepare effective and objective medico-legal reports;
  • critically evaluate the ethical and legal issues arising in forensic medical practice, and
  • interpret wounds and injury patterns.

On completion of this course, you will have developed a range of skills equipping you with the necessary attributes to work in the fields of forensic medicine, dentistry, or science within the parameters of the justice system.

The guiding philosophy of this course is to establish robust academic standards in the practice of clinical forensic medicine, forensic odontology, and forensic medical science.

We aim to equip you with a sound knowledge of medico-legal principles and to develop your skills in providing forensic medical, dental and scientific services to the community.

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At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • Off-campus: Part time
Duration
  • 3 years (part time)
Start date First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Qualification Master of Forensic Medicine
Alternative exits
Course Handbook

This course has three specialisations:

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Learn from Australia’s best forensic practitioners

From solving the mystery of Ned Kelly's remains to disaster victim identification in the Black Saturday bushfires, you'll be taught by Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine staff who have used their expertise in major cases.

Advance your forensic expertise

“The Master of Forensic Medicine has made me a better practitioner and the knowledge and skills I've developed allowed me to be involved in advanced level forensic odontology casework.
- Alistair, graduate

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

To be eligible for admission, you must meet all of the following minimum entry requirements for the relevant stream:

Clinical Forensic Medicine

  • A Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery AND current employment in clinical practice with a minimum of 3 years experience
  • AND satisfactory proof of appropriate current professional medical registration in your current country of residency and practice (e.g. Australian Citizens & Permanent Resident Visa holders, must hold current professional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA))

OR

  • Bachelor of Nursing OR Master of Nursing AND current employment as a Registered Nurse in clinical nursing practice in a medical or surgical ward of a hospital with a minimum of three years experience
  • AND Satisfactory proof of current professional registration as a Registered Nurse in your country of residency and practice (eg; Australian Citizens & Permanent Resident Visa holders must hold current professional registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA). Enrolled Nurses are not eligible to apply for entry to this course)

Forensic Odontology

  • A Bachelor of Dentistry AND current employment in dental practice with a minimum of 3 years experience
  • AND satisfactory proof of appropriate current professional dental registration in your current country of residency and practice (e.g. Australian Citizens & Permanent Resident Visa holders, must hold current professional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA))

Forensic Medical Science

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) AND current employment in a relevant laboratory setting  with a minimum of two years experience  or
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) AND  current employment in a recognised forensic institute with a minimum of two years experience  or
  • Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging (Hons) AND  current employment in radiography practice with a  minimum of 2 years experience.
  • AND satisfactory proof of appropriate current professional registration as a radiographer in your current country of residency and practice (e.g. Australian Citizens & Permanent Resident Visa holders, must hold current professional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA))

English requirements

Level C
IELTS: 7.0 overall (no band lower than 6.5) TOEFL Paper-based test: 587 with a TWE of 4.5 TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 94 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 24, Listening: 20, Reading: 19 and Speaking: 20 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Proof of Medical, dental registration, or registration as a radiographer with relevant registration board.

Making the application

Future students

Note: Please make sure you read the extra requirements before you apply.<

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6009

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6009

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$28,000

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Alternative qualifications

You may be eligible to exit your course early and apply to graduate with one of the following qualifications, provided you have met the requirements for the qualification during your enrolment in the Masters course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Forensic Medicine: you’ll need to complete a total of 24 credit points (6 months full time study), with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.
  • Graduate Diploma of Forensic Medicine: you’ll need to complete a total of 48 credit points (1 year full time study), with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.

If you decide to graduate early, you will need to discontinue from the Masters course. You may be eligible to receive credit for the units you have completed if you re-apply and are re-admitted to this course or apply for another graduate degree at Monash University.