This page contains information for scientists who are interested in undertaking the Master of Forensic Medicine.

Entry Requirements

Forensic scientist at VIFMApplicants must have the following qualifications:

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) and 2 years experience in a laboratory setting


Bachelor of Science (Hons) and current employment within a recognised forensic institute of at least two years


Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging (Hons) or equivalent and currently employed in radiography practice for two years.


Course Requirements

The course comprises 72 points structured into 2 parts:

Part A. Forensic medical and scientific foundation (24 points) and

Part B.  Forensic medicine, dentistry and science advanced expertise (48 points).

Units are 6 credit points each.


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PART A.   Forensic medical and scientific foundations (24 points)

These studies will enable you to develop an understanding and the skills of four key areas required for high quality forensic scientific service and will apply to all disciplines. The units include:

  • Medical Evidence
  • Injury Interpretation
  • Elements of Forensic Sciences and
  • Ethics, Medicine and the Law.

These units will give you practical skills and knowledge of the legal and procedural rules and administrative arrangements for the presentation of evidence to courts and tribunals within the justice system. You will also learn about the interpretation of injuries, including the pathophysiology of injuries and injury classification and documentation. You will become familiar with the tools and vocabulary of ethical discourse in forensic medicine and science. You will learn how the broader forensic science disciplines interact with your own area in the performance of case work including rules of evidence collection and preservation and chain of custody for forensic samples.

All students complete:


PART B.   Advanced expertise (48 points)

In these studies you will complete either a program of coursework or a research project.

These studies enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas of forensic medicine that suit your interests, skills and career goals. You will gain in-depth knowledge of a range of key areas within forensic medicine, forensic dentistry or forensic science. Depending on your interests and motivation, you have the option to apply and consolidate the knowledge and professional skills gained by completing a supervised research project.

A number of units are offered within each specialisation, for details of the units on offer, please visit: Master of Forensic Medicine, Monash University Handbook


Students complete a) or b):

a)      Research stream

  • MAP5000  Research in advanced health professional practice (12points)
  • MAP5001  Advanced health practice research project (12points)
  • MAP5002  Minor thesis (12 points)

Elective units (12 points) chosen from the list of units for any specialisation below.

b)      Coursework stream

48 points of electives chosen from the Forensic medicine and science elective list below. Due to unit prerequisites some units are only available to medical practitioners and others only to dental practitioners.


Forensic Medical Science Units

  • FOR5007  Elements of Forensic Toxicology
  • FPA5007  Death Investigation
  • FOR5021  Mortuary Technical Science
  • FOR5019  Elements of Forensic Pathology

24 points of elective studies chosen from:

  • FOR4011  Elements of forensic anthropology
  • FOR5023  Forensic Pharmacology
  • FOR5022  Advanced Mortuary Technical Science
  • FOR5020  Forensic Cross Sectional Imaging
  • FOR5010  Project in Forensic Medicine (12 points)
  • FPA5004  Autopsy Practice

Other level 5 units offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, other faculties at Monash University, or other tertiary institutions (with departmental approval).


Course Outcomes 

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes.

Upon completion of the course and depending upon the specific specialisation it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Integrate an advanced body of theoretical and practical knowledge and cognitive skills to demonstrate safe practice in their field of forensic medicine, dentistry or science.
  2. Exercise initiative and expert judgement in the field of forensic medicine , dentistry or science practice.
  3. Appropriately interpret and incorporate medico-legal principles to the practice of a specific field of forensic medicine, dentistry or science.
  4. Provide advanced analytical skills in the application of a specific field of forensic  services in the community
  5. Evaluate current research and critically apply the results to the practice of forensic medicine, dentistry or science for the benefit of the community
  6. Conduct independent research to further and enhance the practice of forensic medicine, dentistry and science
  7. Work and communicate effectively as a service provider in the field of forensic medicine, dentistry and science


Professional Accreditation



Progression to Further Studies

Students can choose to complete a research stream that will provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.


Alternative Exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the Masters course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Forensic Medicine after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
  • Graduate Diploma of Forensic Medicine after successful completion of 48 points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.



Master of Forensic Medicine overview

What are Forensic Medical Sciences


Master of Forensic Medicine, Monash University Handbook

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