Bachelor of Science - Forensic Biology and Toxicology

Murdoch University

This is the only course of its kind in WA. You'll learn a range of forensic disciplines, including how to recognise blunt and sharp force injuries and the weapons that cause them. You'll study the pathology of asphyxiation, electrocution, gunshot wounds and the injuries associated with fatal fires, learn about forensic entomology (the insects that decompose human remains), be exposed to the techniques used for disaster victim identification and learn how to estimate time of death. You'll receive practical training in forensic palynology (the use of pollen grains to connect a suspect to a crime scene) and forensic anthropology (the identification of skeletal remains). You'll also learn witness imaging techniques, with hands-on training in facial approximation, using clay-based sculptures to reconstruct facial features from a human skull. In your final year, you'll build on everything you have learnt throughout your degree by investigating a murder case from crime scene to court room. Forensic practitioners from PathWest, the Chemistry Centre and the Forensic Division of WA Police all contribute to the Forensic Biology and Toxicology course. Legal practitioners from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and from the Coroner's Office also provide input so this course stays up-to-date with the latest real-world techniques and policies.

Course Fee:

International: $98,422

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; selection via ATAR; or mature age entry via STAT; or TAFE Certificate IV or higher; English language competency


You can combine this course with Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science, Clinical Laboratory Science or Chemistry to create a unique double major and expand your career prospects. Or combine your degree with a Bachelor of Criminology to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology and Toxicology and a Bachelor of Criminology in just four years.

Subjects you can Study:

Forensic biology and toxicology

Study Pathways:

An Honours year is available for suitable applicants.

Further information:

Students undertaking units in Forensic Biology and Toxicology will not be required to kill any vertebrate animal but they will be required to work with fresh tissues from dead animals in certain units. Students will also be exposed to graphic images of homicidal injuries.


Students who complete the double major in Forensic Biology and Toxicology and Chemistry are eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Forensic Scientist, Toxicologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch 60.15 Yes Full time 3 years
Murdoch 60.15 Yes Part time

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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