Graduate Diploma of Forensic Nursing

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle Campus

Forensic medicine is a highly specialised area requiring a detailed understanding of the law as well as patient care. This unique program, which can be completed in two years of part-time study, introduces Registered Nurses to the complex issues facing health professional working in the area of forensic nursing.

  • Why study this degree?

    Forensic nurses are in high demand thanks to the growing importance of forensic medicine around the globe. Using a combination of tutorial presentations, case studies, written assignments, research projects and journals, our specially-designed graduate diploma will equip you to work with patients whose healthcare issues intersect with the law.

    Our two-year program covers topics such as Medico-Legal Issues, Professional Role Development and Ethics for Professional Life. Much of the tuition is available online, but in two of the semesters you will be required to attend a three to five day intensive workshop at the University’s Fremantle Campus.

    At the completion of the program, you will be trained to respond in an effective and appropriate manner to a range of challenging medical situations.

  • Program summary

    Year One

    • NURS5002 Introduction to Forensic Nursing
    • NURS5007 Forensic Nursing Populations (Nursing)
    • NURS5008 Linking Forensic Nursing Principles to Practice: Care of the Forensic Patient (Nursing)
    • NURS5009 Medico-Legal Issues for the Forensic Nurse (Nursing)

    Year Two

    • NURS4024 Contemporary Mental Health Practice
    • NURS4025 Interpersonal Communication
    • NURS5006 Professional Role Development
    • PHIL6020 Ethics for Professional Life

    Master of Nursing (Forensic Nursing)

    Students choose a research area relevant to their specialty of nursing practice.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry Requirements

    The following entry requirements apply to this program:

    • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
    • Nursing or other appropriate degree or the equivalent
    • Minimum of one year relevant post registration nursing experience
  • Fees and Costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • More information

    For more information on the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Nursing, please call our Prospective
    Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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