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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Course Details

  • Off-campus: Part time
  • 3 years (part time)
Start date First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Qualification Master of Forensic Medicine
Alternative qualifications
See course requirements

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


To be eligible for admission, you must have one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery or a Bachelor of Dentistry and at least 3 years experience in clinical or dental practice or
  • Satisfactory proof of medical or dental registration and clinical experience in your own country, plus satisfactory proof of English language skills via an IELTS or TOEFL or
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) and 2 years experience in a laboratory setting or
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) and current employment within a recognised forensic institute of at least 2 years or
  • Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging (Hons) or equivalent and current employment in radiography practice for 2 years

English requirements

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (no band lower than 6.5)
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 600 with a TWE of 5.0
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 100 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 24, Listening: 20, Reading: 20 and Speaking: 20

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 the course code M6009

Semester two (July)
Apply directly to Monash using the 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 are subject to change annually.

Full fee

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


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.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. 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.