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Wits University Faculty of Health Sciences Research
Forensic Sciences The Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours in the field of Forensic Sciences is a 1 year full-time degree.
Forensic Sciences The Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours in the field of Forensic Sciences is a 1 year full-time degree.

Qualification: BHSc(Honours)

School: Pathology

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 1 year

Study mode: Full-time


The BHSc Honours in Forensic Science is offered by the Division of Forensic Medicine and Pathology in the School of Pathology. The “academic seat” of the Division is currently based at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Service (FPS) Medico-Legal Mortuary in Braamfontein, where medico-legal autopsies are also performed.

Students who pursue this postgraduate Honours degree would qualify as “Forensic Scientists”. Should students wish to become “Forensic Pathologists”, an MBBCh degree in Medicine is required, whereafter a 4 year registrar training programme in Forensic Pathology has to be successfully completed.

  • SAPS (Biological, Chemical and Victims Identification Unit)
  • Forensic laboratories throughout South Africa and/or as consultant academics through tertiary institutions. New and current positions are being reformulated to accommodate this service in SA.
  • Private institutions/companies are also potential possibilities.

Careers include, but are not limited to: Forensic Anthropologist, Forensic Entomologist, Forensic Toxicologist, Forensic Geneticist to name a few.

Course content includes:

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Investigative Psychology and Analysis
  • DNA and Molecular Techniques
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Pathology (Brief overview)
  • Research methodology


Graduates with a BHSc or BSc with majors in disciplines which can be applied to a forensic setting are eligible. Typically these are majors such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular or cell biology, genetics, criminology or psychology.

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