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Graduate Diploma in Forensic Behavioural Science

Course Code: 3887 ~ Abbreviated Title: GradDipForBehSci ~ Credit Points: 48 ~ Duration: 1 year FT,

2 years PT ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Caulfield)

Course description

The Graduate Diploma in Forensic Behavioural Science has been developed to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals working with people displaying offending and other 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 eight units (each 6 credit points

Course requirements

Students complete two compulsory units:

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

plus six of the following:

  • 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*

    * This unit is only available to students with an undergraduate qualification in nursing.


Assessment tasks 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