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Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Auckland


The Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science (PGDipForensic) teaches students how to develop and apply scientific knowledge and skills to investigate crime.

Programme overview

The PGDipForensic is an advanced qualification designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in science or technology related topics. It provides graduates with specialised knowledge and skills in the field of forensic science.

Taught at the School of Chemical Sciences, the PGDipForensic covers a broad range of topics. From DNA analysis to the development of new molecules to aid in the visualisation of fingerprint residues, students will learn about forensic data, chemical analysis, forensic biology and the statistical treatment of forensic data.

Programme structure

The PGDipForensic programme is a 120-point taught diploma that involves one year of full-time study, with a part-time option available (up to four years of study).

105 points from:

FORENSIC 701 Fundamental Concepts in Forensic Science

FORENSIC 702 Introduction to Forensic Science

FORENSIC 703 Statistics and Molecular Biology for Forensic Science

FORENSIC 704 Techniques and Applications for Forensic Science

FORENSIC 706 Environmental Forensic Science

FORENSIC 707 Project in Forensic Science


15 points from an approved 600 or 700 level course

Postgraduate pathway

Download the Science postgraduate pathway (117KB, PDF)

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

Where could this programme take you?

The PGDipForensic prepares graduates for employment in the forensic science field.

Jobs related to this programme

Document examiner

ESR technician

Fingerprint examiner

Forensic geologist

Forensic scientist

Laboratory technician

Pharmaceutical representative

Further study options

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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