Bachelor of Medical Science (Forensic Mortuary Practice) (3733)

  • Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc(ForMortPrac)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3733
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 0101789

This program applies to students who commenced in 2020 up to Autumn 2022. 

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For commencement Year 2017 to 2019 - please refer to 3733.1 Bachelor of Medical Science (Forensic Mortuary Practice)

This is a three-year degree that combines traditional biomedical disciplines (biology, chemistry and biochemistry) with those of medical science (anatomy, physiology, pathology) and with a focus on forensic science in the senior years. Career opportunities include forensic mortuaries and forensic laboratories (as forensic technicians), and also in the funeral industry or as post mortem assistants.

This program will involve study at both Campbelltown and Hawkesbury campuses.

Note: This program involves a mandatory health and medical assessment that must be completed prior to enrolling in MEDI 3008 Mortuary Practice, which is offered in Year 3 Autumn, and undertaking the associated clinical placement. Students who are unable to pass the assessment by the end of Autumn session in Year 2 of the program will be required to take a leave of absence pending re-assessment in the following year, or transfer to an alternative medical science or science degree such as 3673 Bachelor of Medical Science (Anatomy and Physiology major) or 3589 Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science).

Study Mode

Three years full-time

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Hawkesbury Campus Full Time Internal See above

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

One-day placement (observational) at a forensic mortuary in MEDI 3008 Mortuary Practice.  Two-week clinical placement at a forensic mortuary (or similar) in NATS 3003 Advanced Mortuary Practice.

Students taking part in the placements do so under the University Student Placement Policy. Ultimately the subject coordinator will have responsibility for ensuring the quality of supervision whilst students are on placement. This will be facilitated by regular contact with the students whilst they are on placement. The course is co-designed and co-delivered by members of FASS and a FASS member (Director) is a member of the EAC. Whilst at FASS the director will have responsibility for ensuring the quality of supervision and liaising with the subject coordinator to ensure a quality outcome. The quality of supervision at non-FASS sites will be the responsibility of the subject coordinator. ‘Good Supervision’ guides are available to help those sites unfamiliar with supervising WSU students.


Assumed knowledge required: At least two of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).  Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites

In order to enrol in the third year Clinical placement subjects, all students must have a National Police Certificate, and a First Aid Certificate. Clinical placements are a mandatory component of this program. To be eligible for clinical placements, students must:

  1. Comply with NSW Health vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. NSW Health can provide details of necessary vaccinations.
  2. Receive a clearance from an authorised Western Sydney University-approved provider after successfully completing a health/medical/fitness assessment as prescribed by the University.
  3. When on clinical placement students must wear the Western Sydney University Forensic Science t-shirt.
  4. Any special requirements incurring a fee will be at the student’s expense.

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus  
NATS 1009 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 10
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
NATS 1008 Forensic Science 1 10
CHEM 1008 Introductory Chemistry 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus  
MATH 1003 Biometry 10
BIOS 1012 Cell Biology 10
CHEM 1005 Essential Chemistry 2 10
NATS 1001 Concepts in Human Anatomy 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus  
NATS 2034 Human Systems Physiology 1 10
BIOS 2014 Functional Proteins and Genes 10
Select one of the following: 10
Analytical Chemistry  
Forensic and Environmental Analysis  
 Credit Points30
Spring session
Campbelltown or Hawkesbury Campus  
BIOS 3027 Molecular Biology of the Cell 10
NATS 3037 Neuroanatomy 2 10
NATS 1022 Functional Anatomy 2 10
NATS 2035 Human Systems Physiology 2 10
Hawkesbury Campus  
NATS 2015 Evidence and Crime Scene Management 10
 Credit Points50
Year 3
Autumn session
Campbelltown and Hawkesbury Campus Concurrently  
Campbelltown Campus:  
NATS 2004 Anatomy of the Thorax and Abdomen 10
Hawkesbury Campus:  
CHEM 3010 Forensic Chemistry 10
NATS 3023 Forensic Anthropology 10
MEDI 3008 Mortuary Practice 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Campbelltown and Hawkesbury Campus Concurrently  
BIOS 3028 Pathological Basis of Human Disease 10
Campbelltown Campus:  
NATS 3006 Anatomy of the Head and Neck 10
Hawkesbury Campus:  
NATS 3026 Forensic Biology 10
NATS 3003 Advanced Mortuary Practice 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

This subject is only available at Hawkesbury campus.


These subjects are only available at Campbelltown campus.

Equivalent subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects earlier.

BIOS 2026 Molecular Biology

BIOS 2027 Pathological Basis of Disease

NATS 2037 Pharmacology