School of Chemical Sciences


About Forensic Science

What is 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.

Why study Forensic Science at The University of Auckland?


Forensic Science has been taught at The University of Auckland since 1996, making it one of the longest established programmes in Australasia. The programme is unique in that it is jointly run by The University of Auckland and by ESR Ltd (the suppliers of forensic science to the New Zealand Police). It also features guest lectures from experts including the Crown Prosecutors and independent forensic practitioners. Students in the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science programme are introduced to a wide range of topics in Forensic Science, and well as being given a thorough grounding in both chemical analysis and forensic biology and also in the statistical treatment of forensic data.

Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science students attend laboratories teaching them key skills in forensic searching and chemical and biological analysis, together with workshops on modern data analysis. Research students in the MSc and PhD programmes pursue cutting-edge research at both The University of Auckland and at ESR, and have access to modern DNA analysers and chemical instrumentation.

Graduates are well-prepared for employment in the Forensic Science field. Since this field is limited in size, graduates are also provided with the science and communication skills to compete effectively for positions in more general science positions and selected positions within the New Zealand Police.

Our graduates are already employed in:

See the Information for Students page for more information.