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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

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 titleGradDipForBehSci
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Postgraduate course administrator: School of Psychology and Psychiatry; telephone +61 9903 2475, email, or visit


  • This course is available to international students to study from within their own country or within Australia if they are on a Work Training Visa 457. The course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


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.


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.


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


This course comprises two core units and six elective units.



Core units

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


Six of the following:

  • CRH5001 Research methods in health*
  • CRH5032 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
  • FBS9009 Psychiatric nursing in the forensic context**
  • elective unit/s may also be taken from course 1976 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences - Community Mental Health with the approval of both course coordinators

* CRH5001 is a prerequisite for CRH5032, however students who have proven ability in basic research methods may progress straight to CRH5032. Those students without research experience may need to enrol in both CRH5001 and CRH5032.

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

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Graduate Diploma in Forensic Behavioural Science