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From CSI to Mythbusters, forensic science has grabbed our attention through TV, news and documentaries outlining the capabilities of forensic science to solving crimes. Forensic investigators are skilled, dedicated professionals with the ability to keep an open mind and concentrate on hard evidence. Forensic scientists apply scientific principles and forensic expertise to provide specialist evidence in criminal and civil matters.

The work of forensic scientists commonly includes the identification, collection, investigation and analysis of physical evidence, and frequently involves the presentation of findings in Court as expert witnesses who have the special privilege of presenting expert opinion evidence as well as evidence of fact.

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Study forensic science at Griffith

At Griffith you will develop in-depth knowledge of new forensic analytical methods and practise presenting expert evidence in moot courts. You will learn from academic staff who continue to work on major cases in Australia and overseas and who regularly provide expert evidence in Australian courts. Our forensic science programs are the only ones of their type offered in Queensland.

As a graduate, depending on your specialisation, you’ll be eligible to join the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Science at Griffith has rated 5-stars for Educational Experience, Teaching Quality and Student Support by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Felicity Poulsen

Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)

Through her forensic science studies at Griffith, Felicity had the opportunity to work on a research project helping the Australian Defence Force identify unrecovered servicemen. As well as offering a unique research opportunity, the work struck a personal cord. 'My grandfather fought in Kokoda and he is very excited that I am part of something like this. I am proud to be involved,' she said. 'To be able to give a name back and have a soldier buried with dignity and respect means the world to their families'.

Felicity Poulsen

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You'll be prepared to work as a DNA expert, a forensic molecular biologist, forensic chemist or forensic toxicologist and as an acknowledged expert in these or a variety of other roles within the criminal justice system. You'll also be able to pursue a scientific career not directly related to forensic organisations, in areas such as molecular biology, analytical chemistry and biomedical science.

You may also choose to undertake a fourth year research honours program, which can lead to a PhD and a career in research.

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Monday 28 October — Saturday 15 February

Trimester 3: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Monday 3 February to Saturday 15 February.

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Tuesday 28 January — Thursday 30 January

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 17 February — Friday 21 February

Trimester 1: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

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Saturday 12 December — Thursday 17 December

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If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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