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Bachelor of Accident Forensics

Program Description

This unique program will equip you with the skills to conduct and analyse accident investigations based on knowledge and techniques appropriate to accident forensics in road, rail, air and industrial environments.

In a similar fashion to crime scene and accident investigators depicted on television, as an accident forensics graduate you will demonstrate advanced skills at systematically breaking down the factors leading to an accident and making the necessary findings and conclusions for prevention. You will also learn occupational health and safety principles.

A unique feature of the program is that you will carry out practical investigation exercises in a new, state-of-the-art crash laboratory at CQUniversity Bundaberg.

If you are naturally inquisitive and enjoy problem solving and communicating with others then a career in accident forensics may be for you.

Bachelor of Accident Forensics

Duration 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
Intake Dates February; July
Mode of Study On-Campus; Distance
Domestic Availability  BrisbaneBundabergRockhamptonDistance Education 
International Availability  Distance Education 
Work Integrated Learning Yes
Recommended Study English (4, SA) and a science subject
Rank*  OP: 15    SR: 68    ATAR: 65.8
QTAC Code Brisbane: 881721, Bundaberg: 811721, Rockhampton: 851721, Distance: 851725

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page should be used as a guide only, please check with the respective Admission Centre for the latest information,,

 International students residing in Australia on a student visa must study full-time on-campus.

Why Study Health at CQUniversity

CQUniversity’s health and medical sciences programs have been developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally.

Our programs are constantly being reviewed and updated in consultation with industry and other stakeholders to ensure they are relevant and up to date.

Many programs feature work integrated learning, or learning on the job. You are required to complete course undertakings in real-life workplaces, allowing you to put learning directly into practice. This hands-on, project-based learning is one reason CQUniversity graduates are in such high demand by employers.

Quality on-campus facilities ensure learning is delivered in context, taught in a similar setting to real-world situations. New facilities including state-of-the-art technology for fitness and body function testing offer exercise and sport sciences students sophisticated training. Nursing students have access to fully equipped labs replicating a real hospital ward, while medical imaging and medical sonography are taught from new purpose-built multi-million dollar labs. The new CQUniversity Health Clinic at CQUniversity Rockhampton also provides clinical learning experiences to students.

CQUniversity’s health and medical sciences academic staff are at the forefront of their respective fields, often still contributing to the community and working within industry. Lecturers have a strong teaching and learning ethos and are committed to delivering quality learning experiences.

Study one of the many exciting health and medical sciences programs at CQUniversity and help make a real difference to community health and wellbeing.

English Requirements

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or program you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist for graduates in management, consultancy and practice within industry in safety and accident investigation roles. Many large companies have staff appointed specifically to investigate the accidents and failures that occur to maximise the opportunity to prevent such failures in the future. Many others have occupational health and safety or similar staff roles which are assigned as part of a more broad set of responsibilities within their organisations, with the responsibility for carrying out those investigations. Graduates of the Bachelor of Accident Forensics program would be suited for employment in these roles as the program addresses the specifics of accident investigation as well as principles of OHS practice.  

Employment opportunities exist in most industries, especially primary industries, rural, manufacturing, mining, services industry, transport industry, aviation industry, employer associations, the defence forces, health industry and government departments and authorities such as the police force.

Work Integrated Learning

A feature of the program is that you will carry out practical investigation exercises in the exciting new crash laboratory at CQUniversity Bundaberg.

The crash lab contains real accident wreckage and other artefacts to give you hands on experience in a realistic accident environment and significantly enhance your learning experience. In year three of the bachelor degree, you will undertake a capstone investigation project where you will apply your learnings from the program to a complex accident. You will be required to ‘investigate’ the accident using the techniques and methods delivered in the program, establishing the causal factors involved and prepare a report of your findings, conclusions and recommendations.

This program also incorporates 120 hours of professional practice placement.

Program Structure

To meet the requirements of the award, you must complete 23 core courses.

Course Information

For example courses you could study as part of the Bachelor of Accident Forensics program please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note courses are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of course availability for your study. Please call 13CQUni 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding course information regarding your specific application.

Residential School and Study Requirements

There are three to five day residential schools at CQUniversity Bundaberg 'crash lab' during year two and three of the program for practical skills development.

Professional Recognition

It is expected that graduates will meet the education requirements for professional membership with the Safety Institute of Australia and should apply after gaining relevant field experience.

The program should also meet the specialist investigation education criteria of the Australian, New Zealand and International Society of Air Safety Investigators and it is expected that graduates of the program will gain professional grade membership of the Society after completing the program and gaining relevant field experience.