Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science

Swinburne University of Technology

Course details

Level of study: Graduate Certificates


The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science is designed to provide the necessary basic knowledge and training to enable a range of professionals to work within forensic settings.

Professionals who work in forensic mental health/behavioural science contexts, or with forensic populations (such as offenders) require specialised skills. The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to key principles and work practices in forensic fields, including an overview of relevant legal systems and procedures, and the fundamentals of violence risk assessment and management.

Aims and objectives

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science, students will be able to:

1. Apply specialised knowledge of the core issues and theories required for practice in the field of forensic behavioural science.

2. Apply specialised knowledge of the technical aspects of law, forensic systems, and ethics, enabling professional practice in disciplines related to forensic behavioural science.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of forensic practice, and the capacity to critically analyse, evaluate and respond to challenges unique to working in forensic settings.

4. Identify relevant methods, concepts and theories within forensic behavioural science, to enable evidence-based practice in their discipline.

5. Effectively communicate relevant knowledge and ideas with the diverse range of professionals and clients encountered in forensic settings.

6. Apply knowledge of legal frameworks, professional practice and offending behaviour wherever forensic issues are relevant to their work.

7. Adapt knowledge and core practice skills in forensic behavioural science in a manner which is responsible and largely autonomous.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
16,700 Per Year 27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
6 months
Online study
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122

Entry criteria

A recognised three-year bachelor degree in any of the following fields:

  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Youth Work
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Policing

Completion of Bachelor degrees in other relevant disciplines will be considered.

Non-graduate special entry

A minimum of five years of relevant work experience.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
  • minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) -79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)
  • C1 Advanced - 176, no band less than 169
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.


Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
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