Bachelor of Medical Science (Forensic Mortuary Practice)

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    3 years full time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Western Sydney University
  • Location:
    ACT | NSW
  • Career Outcomes:
    Post-mortem assistants | Funeral industry | Forensic Pathologist |

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Course Rundown

The only degree of its kind in NSW, the Bachelor of Medical Science (Forensic Mortuary Practice) from Western Sydney University will prepare you for a unique career in forensic mortuary practice; from roles in forensic pathology services and post mortem assistants to the funeral industry. 

This three-year degree combines the disciplines of medical science (anatomy, physiology, pathology) with a strong focus on forensic science (forensic analysis, forensic anthropology, forensic biology and chemistry, mortuary practice) and covers the traditional biomedical disciplines (biology, chemistry and biochemistry).

These skills are in-demand and this career path is a unique and challenging one! Enquire with Western Sydney University today to find out more.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • National Police Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate

Clinical placements are a mandatory component of this course.

To be eligible for clinical placements, students must;

1. Comply with NSW Health vaccination requirements AND be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. NSW Health can provide details of necessary vaccinations.

2. Receive a clearance from an authorised Western Sydney University-approved provider after successfully completing a health/medical/fitness assessment as prescribed by the University When on clinical placement students must wear the Western Sydney University Forensic Science t-shirt.

Assumed knowledge required: At least two of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

In this medical science course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Concepts in Human Physiology
  • Scientific Literacy
  • Forensic Science
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Biometry
  • Cell Biology
  • Essential Chemistry 2
  • Concepts in Human Anatomy
  • Human Systems Physiology 1
  • Functional Proteins and Genes
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Forensic and Environmental Analysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Human Systems Physiology 2
  •  Evidence and Crime Scene Management
  • Anatomy of the Thorax and Abdomen
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Mortuary Practice
  • Pathological Basis of Disease
  • Anatomy of the Head and Neck
  • Forensic Biology
  • Advanced Mortuary Practice

Trust Western Sydney University to get you qualified in your field! Gain a recognised degree in Business, Health, Psychology, Communication, Medical Science, Criminology, Arts or loads more with WSU. 

Study online or on-campus and gain valuable, real-life skills that'll see you succeed in the workforce. With a reputation for excellence, you can be proud to graduate with a degree that comes from a uni ranked in the top 2% globally! Open up to a world of possibilities and enquire about a course with WSU today.

When you join Western Sydney University you’re also joining an engaged online community of fellow students and academics, who are committed to helping you succeed during your studies.

Whether you're studying on-campus or online, students will have access to student advisors, specially trained online learning advisors, access to online assignment assistance to ensure your work is always on the right track, student welfare services including professional counselling, plus stay in touch with other students via WSU’s specially-built digital portal.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Australia Capital Territory: Campbelltown
New South Wales: Hawkesbury

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion, you'll receive a Bachelor of Medical Science (Forensic Mortuary Practice) from Western Sydney University.

Graduates of this course will have a range of career pathways open to them in this unique and challenging industry.


Curious about where a career in science could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Fees for this course vary depending on the units selected. 

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's HECS-HELP loan to cover all or part of your fees.

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HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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