Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and 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.

Course code3412
Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMForensMed
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)3 years PT

Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOff-campus (Southbank)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine: telephone +61 3 9684 4115; email

Course coordinator

Dr Richard Bassed


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course is designed to further develop medical and dental 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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 activities are designed to further develop the participants' understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning forensic practice. Assessment methods will vary but may include coursework and workshop participation, formal assignments, casebooks and a project in forensic medicine.


This course consists of core and elective units.


Students must complete:

(a.) the following core units:

(b.) 54 points of electives from those listed below


Suitable elective units can also be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; postgraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 4-5 or 9. Note: Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

Minimum grade for course completion

In order to complete this course and receive the award students must:

  • achieve a minimum distinction grade average in all three core units
  • pass all assessable components of all units.

Students who do not achieve these results will exit the course with a suitable alternative exit.

Areas of study

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this or who have not achieved the required results course may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate of Forensic Medicine
  • Graduate Diploma of Forensic Medicine.


Master of Forensic Medicine