• Application Deadline
  • 60 months
Develop an eye for forensic detail and become a formidable force in the courtroom with this Forensic Studies with Laws from University of Canberra. We’ll give you real world opportunities to apply your scientific knowledge in the areas of crime investigation and the analytical preparation of evidence and the legal know-how to become a solicitor or a barrister.
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You’ll be able to demonstrate broad theoretical and technical knowledge in the application of science in legal matters, cross-examine witnesses, transmit knowledge to judges and juries and master forensic biology and chemistry. While you build your understanding of the theory and history of law and your advocacy and legal skills, you’ll get to apply your talents in the real world with opportunities to complete a law internship and study overseas.

At UC, you can fast-track your studies during winter term and because our law course is recognised by the Supreme Courts of the ACT and NSW, begin the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in your final year.

Career paths? How about working in federal law enforcement agencies, DNA testing labs, quarantine services or medical and research industries, or as a lawyer, policy advisor or a consultant to the courts or police force. Insightful, indeed!

Career opportunities

Lab technician, researcher, law enforcer, advocate, barrister, solicitor, policy advisor, researcher and even environmental protection … UC’s Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business degree will prepare you to hit the ground running in numerous careers offering healthy salaries. 

Graduates of the Forensic Studies with Laws from University of Canberra will have the accredited skills and qualifications required to explore forensic and legal careers in:

  • laboratories, including DNA and diagnostic testing labs
  • customs and quarantine services and other protection agencies
  • medical and research services
  • public and private hospitals and healthcare sector businesses, including those that provide forensic, medical or research services.
  • law firms
  • the police force and law enforcement agencies in each state and territory
  • pharmaceutical and chemical industries
  • government and the public sector, including as in-house counsel, policy advisor, and in legislative drafting and law reform
  • the community sector, such as community legal work and professional advocacy
  • private legal practice
  • education and research.


This program is recognised by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the State of New South Wales. Through mutual recognition, UC's degree may serve as the basis for admission in all Australian jurisdictions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      Standard 5 years full time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Introduction to Pharmacology and Toxicology 
  • Forensic Chemistry 
  • Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

ACT: Biology and/or Chemistry major(s), plus Mathematical Methods major. NSW; Biology and/or Chemistry, plus Mathematics.

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:

  • Year 12 ATAR
  • other Australian Qualification
  • work experience
  • overseas qualification
CRICOS Code: 099018E

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32900 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32900 AUD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Domestic: Commonwealth Support Place (CSP)

Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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