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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMForensMed
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Ms Debbie Hellings, course administrator: telephone +61 3 9684 4480; email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor David Wells


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


This course is designed to further develop medical practitioners knowledge and skills so that they are able to provide a high quality clinical forensic medical service. This will include ethical and legal issues arising in forensic medical practice, the skills required to interpret injury patterns and communication with the justice system.


This course is designed to:

  • establish academic standards in clinical forensic medical practice
  • produce graduates who have a sound knowledge of medico-legal principles
  • develop practitioners skills in providing clinical forensic services in the community
  • strengthen the teaching- research nexus in forensic medical education
  • foster the development of career pathways in forensic medicine.


Assessment methods will vary but will include coursework participation, formal assignments, casebooks and minor thesis.


This course is offered via coursework and minor thesis, or by coursework only. The coursework component comprises core and elective units.


Core units

Minor thesis (24 points)

Students undertaking the minor thesis are required to prepare a research proposal at an early stage of their minor thesis enrolment and have this approved by their thesis supervisor. The area of research must cover a topic directly related to forensic medicine.

Elective units

Students undertaking the degree by :

  • coursework and minor thesis select 30 points of electives
  • by coursework only select 54 points of electives.

Students select units from the list below of may also (with departmental approval) choose other graduate units offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, other faculties at Monash University or other tertiary institutions. At least one unit must include instruction on research methodologies and basic statistics.

Minimum grade for course completion

Students must achieve a minimum credit standard assessment in all three core units and at least one elective unit from the list of units offered by the Department of Forensic Medicine.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Medicine or Graduate Diploma in Forensic Medicine providing all requirements of that award have been met.


Master of Forensic Medicine