Students to benefit from $321 million Federal funding

May 17, 2017

Murdoch students are taught by international forensic experts

Murdoch University’s Master of Forensic Science students have been handed a major career boost after the Federal Government announced $321 million funding for the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Budget announcement would be the biggest Commonwealth funding for the AFP in more than a decade, which would create almost 100 jobs for forensic specialists.

Forensic Science course leader, Associate Professor James Speers from the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, said the federal funding was not only a boon that would help advance Australia's fight against crime and terrorism, but it also creates a clear career path for Murdoch students.

“At Murdoch University, students have a unique opportunity in the Master in Forensic Science course to study and practise forensic investigation to an advanced level in an authentic environment,” said Professor Speers.

“They are taught by professional forensic experts who have a national and international reputation.

“The Master’s course prepares the students for working in a modern, challenging forensic environment encountered by police organisations such as the AFP.”

Master of Forensic Science students recently travelled to Murdoch University’s Whitby Falls Farm to gather evidence from a mock murder scene, whilst under the watchful eye of a representative from WA Police Forensic Major Crime Scene Unit. The annual exercise was held over two days, with an overnight stay under the stars on the farm site.

Forensic Lecturer, Dr Brendan Chapman said the experience gave the students an opportunity to apply the skills they have learnt in theory to a practical setting.

“The WA Police Forensic Major Crime Scene Unit attending the exercise commented on the professionalism and expertise of the students during their examination, which was wonderful to hear,” said Dr Chapman.

“Staff and students alike gained invaluable insight across the subsequent subject areas and the exercise was a valuable tool in bringing together the various clusters operating under the School of Veterinary and Life Science.”

To find out more about the Master of Forensic Science course at Murdoch University, click here.

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