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CB67 - Bachelor of Accident Forensics

This new and truly 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.

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 the exciting crash laboratory at CQUniversity Bundaberg.

This program will be attractive to those who are naturally inquisitive, good communicators and enjoy problem solving.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

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 safety, 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.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time; 6 years part time  
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG; ROK; External(For domestic students only - BDG & ROK is currently year 1 only. Year 2 & 3 availability is dependent on student numbers.)
International - BDG; ROK; External(For domestic students only - BDG & ROK is currently year 1 only. Year 2 & 3 availability is dependent on student numbers.)
Courses/Units of Credit 23 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Domestic QTAC -

QTAC codes: BDG 811721; ROK 851721; External 851725

International students direct to the University ONLINE

Entry Requirements Prerequisites: Nil;  Recommended study -  English (4, SA) and a science subject
Professional Accreditation

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.

Graduates may 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.
Residential School There are several compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to the following program when taken in the EXTERNAL mode. See More Details for more information.
Practicum/Work placement 120 hours of work placement plus residential school attendance
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BAccidForensics  
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 075045M - QLD

Program Aims

The Accident Forensics degree develops expertise in the investigation and analysis of the factors which lead to accidents and the interventions required to prevent their recurrence. Accident Forensics graduates demonstrate advanced skills at systematically breaking down the factors leading to an accident and making the necessary findings and conclusions for prevention. 

The program provides core studies in:

  • Accident Phenomenology;
  • Investigation Methods;
  • Forensic Engineering;
  • Accident Analysis;
  • Human Factors Investigation and
  • Occupational Health and Safety.

Students complete a capstone accident investigation project based on a ‘real' accident reconstruction at the university ‘crash lab'.  The 120 hour work placement with practising accident investigators in the field ensures students are well prepared to integrate into their chosen career.  The program has been developed in consultation with Australia's leading accident investigation professionals from air, rail, road and industrial contexts, and the leading organisations and government authorities which inform public safety strategies.  Students also graduate with professional skills in occupational health and safety and will be well prepared to work in that area.  Students may apply for the award, Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety in addition to the Bachelor of Accident Forensics.

Program Structure

Students must complete 23 courses/144 units of credit.

Recommended study schedule

The following schedule is designed for full-time students who usually enrol in 4 courses per term or 24 units of credit. Part-time students should therefore modify this schedule to suit their own needs. The normal study load for part-time students is 2 courses per term or 12 units of credit per term.

Courses Offered

Foundation courses
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
AINV11001 Real World Investigation
OCHS11025 Introductory Health and Safety Risk Management
OCHS12001 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
SCIE11022 Introductory Science *
Term 2
AINV11002 Socio-technical Systems
AINV11003 Introduction to Investigative Methods
BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology *
Term 3
SCIE11018 Introduction to Forensic Science
Year 2
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
AINV12001 Investigative Methods Practice *
AINV12002 Accident Phenomenology
ENEG11001 Engineering Skills 1 *
Term 2
AINV12003 Accident Forensics *
AINV12004 Investigation Domain Contexts
OCHS12005 Risk Management and Safety Technology CQ26
SOCL19069 Social Research Methods
Year 3
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
AINV13001 Accident Analysis
AINV13003 Crash Lab Project 1 *
OCHS13008 Human Factors CQ26
OCHS13016 Occupational Health, Hygiene and Toxicology
Term 2
AINV13002 Human Factors Investigation
AINV13004 Learning From Failure
AINV13005 Accident Forensics Professional Practice
AINV13006 Crash Lab Project 2 *

Courses marked (*) have compulsory residential school. See the residential school timetable for details. Compulsory residential schools are held in Rockhampton and are conducted for these courses taken by external students.

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