WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,536 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours (BHSc Honours)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Application Deadline: June 2021
Programme Overview

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.


Course content includes:
– Forensic Anthropology
– Forensic Entomology
– Investigative Psychology and Analysis
– DNA and Molecular Techniques
– Forensic Toxicology
– Forensic Pathology (Brief overview)
– Research methodology

Admission Requirements

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.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Career Opportunities
Some career opportunities are;
– 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.
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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,536
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,536

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Dr Guinevere Gordon
Division of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Roxanne Thornton
General Enquiries
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