Forensic Science


Forensic Science is the application of science to matters of law. As our knowledge and technical expertise in science increase, so does the complexity and importance of the science presented to the courts in the legal system. ESR (the suppliers of forensic science to the New Zealand Police) and The University of Auckland jointly introduced in 1996 a set of postgraduate qualifications in forensic science.

Areas of study

Forensic science covers a broad range, from the statistical evaluation of glass evidence to the development of new molecules to aid in the visualisation of fingerprint residues. Some past and possible future research areas are:

  • Field Science
  • Physical Evidence
  • Forensic Biology
  • Illicit Drugs
  • Environmental Forensic Science

The PGDipForensic is for students who wish to obtain knowledge of forensic science to augment their science degree. It is particularly useful for professionals wishing to broaden their expertise into the area of forensic science.

You can study Forensic Science in the following programmes:

What you will learn

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Career opportunities

In the last four years there have been approximately 4-5 positions become available each year for forensic scientists or technicians. Most of those positions have been filled by graduates of this programme. Many of our other graduates have chosen related careers or have decided to pursue further degrees. Recent graduates work as documents examiners, fingerprint examiners, laboratory technicians, patent officers, and pharmaceutical representatives.

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