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Bachelor of Accident Forensics

CQUniversity Australia
Program overview
3-6 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
15,060 AUD
March 2021
CQUniversity Australia

Program description

Bachelor of Accident Forensics

The Accident Forensics degree develops expertise in the investigation and analysis of the factors which lead to accidents and the interventions required to prevent their recurrence. Accident Forensics graduates demonstrate advanced skills at systematically breaking down the factors leading to an accident and making the necessary findings and conclusions for prevention.

The course provides core studies in:

  • Accident Phenomenology;
  • Investigation Methods;
  • Forensic Engineering;
  • Accident Analysis;
  • Human Factors Investigation and
  • Occupational Health and Safety.

You will complete a capstone accident investigation project based on a ‘real' accident reconstruction at the university ‘crash lab'. The 120 hour work placement with practising accident investigators in the field ensures you are well prepared to integrate into your chosen career. The course has been developed in consultation with Australia's leading accident investigation professionals from air, rail, road and industrial contexts, and the leading organisations and government authorities which inform public safety strategies. You will also graduate with professional skills in occupational health and safety and will be well prepared to work in that area. You may apply for the award, Diploma of Workplace Health and Safety in addition to the Bachelor of Accident Forensics.

AQF Level: Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Admission requirements

English requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

Assumed knowledge:

Recommended study - English (4, SA) and a science subject

Entry scores:

  • Rank Threshold: OP 17 | SR 65 | ATAR 59.9
  • Rank Cut-Off: OP 17 | SR 65 | ATAR 59.9

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory units:

Year 1 - Term 1

  • Real World Investigation
  • Health and Safety Risk Management
  • Introductory Science
  • Introductory Occupational Health and Safety

Year 1 - Term 2

  • Socio-technical Systems
  • Introduction to Investigative Methods
  • Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
  • OHS Fundamentals

Year 2 - Term 1

  • Investigative Methods Practice
  • Accident Phenomenology
  • Safety Science
  • Human Factors

Year 2 - Term 2

  • Victim Pathology
  • Investigation Domain Contexts
  • Forensic Engineering

Year 2 - Term 3

  • Introduction to Forensic Science

Year 3 - Term 1

  • Accident Analysis
  • Crash Lab Project 1
  • Advanced Occupational Health
  • Safety Systems

Year 3 - Term 2

  • Human Factors Investigation
  • Learning From Failure
  • Accident Forensics Professional Practice
  • Crash Lab Project 2

Tuition fees

This program costs 15 060 AUD per term.

Scholarships & funding

The university offers a range of scholarships to support international students and encourages you to apply for one that's right for you. For more information about the scholarships, please visit the university website.




Core learning outcomes:

  1. Systematically analyse the knowledge, principles and concepts related to accident forensics.
  2. Communicate in a professional manner appropriate for accident forensics and transdisciplinary practice.
  3. Evaluate and research new information and evidence from a range of sources relevant to accident forensics.
  4. Conduct accident investigations and analysis based on knowledge and techniques appropriate to accident forensics.
  5. Critically reflect on own learning needs and to seek ongoing professional learning opportunities.

Career opportunities

Completing the Bachelor of Accident Forensics prepares you to pursue management and consultancy roles within safety and accident investigation teams. You will also be qualified to practise in accident forensics and work in related occupational health and safety roles.

Employment opportunities exist in many industries such as:

  • primary
  • rural
  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • services
  • transport
  • aviation
  • employer associations
  • the defence force
  • health and government departments
  • the police force.

About this institute

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Contact info

CQUniversity Australia

554-700 Yaamba Road
4701 Norman Gardens QLD

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