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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science

Course Code: 3886 ~ Abbreviated Title: GradCertForBehSci ~ Credit Points: 24 ~ Duration: 1 year part-time ~ Managing Faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study Mode and Course Location

Off-campus (Caulfield - P/T only)

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science has been developed to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals working with people displaying offending and antisocial behaviours, with a particular focus on mental health issues.

Course objectives

On completion of the course students will be expected to: be able to effectively translate evidence-based principles into practice; have an understanding of risk assessment and management practices, including both clinical and medico-legal aspects; be able to adopt effective and strategic approaches to work both within and across service systems; appreciate the ethical dimensions of their work and be able to apply this to their professional practice; appreciate the need for reflective practices and be able to utilise supports appropriately.

Course structure

The course consists of 2 core units and 2 elective units, each of 6 credit points.

Course requirements

Core units

  • FBS9001 Fundamentals of forensic behavioural science
  • FBS9002 The role of mental health in criminal offending

Elective units

  • CRH1032 Applied research for rural health practitioners
  • FBS9003 Mental health and the correctional system
  • FBS9004 Developmental aspects of mental health and violent offending
  • FBS9005 The assessment and management of problem behaviours
  • FBS9006 Advanced risk assessment and risk management
  • FBS9007 Forensic aspects of personality and it's disorders
  • FBS9009 Psychiatric nursing in the forensic context*

    *FBS9009 is only available to students with an undergraduate qualification in nursing; such students can substitute this unit for any of the elective units.


Assessment include short answer questions, various applied learning exercises, essays and oral presentations.

Contact details

Postgraduate course administrator: School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine; telephone +61 9903 1482, email or visit