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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Medical Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This programme answers that need, and provides you with theoretical knowledge of the forensic medical sciences. It will train you to critically evaluate and interpret forensic medical and scientific evidence. The unprecedented programme will cover a wide range of specialist topics under the umbrella of the forensic medical sciences, coupled with the opportunity to carry out research in a specialist area.

You will study forensic pathology and will visit mortuaries to observe autopsies, attend court hearings, gaining knowledge of how injuries are interpreted and how cases are prepared for court. In clinical forensic medicine you will study the role of the doctor in assessing persons in custody, assault victims, child maltreatment, assessing torture victims, etc. Other areas which are covered include drugs, alcohol and their misuse, and how these substances are detected and quantified. You will also study the various methods that deceased and living persons can be identified by both as single cases and in mass disasters, including by DNA, dental and other methods.

We also offer you the opportunity to further your career prospects within your own professional specialty. This programme should be regarded as an intermediate level for pathologists and forensic medical examiners who will be expected to progress to specialist exit level exams, through their respective academic colleges. This programme will: Allow you to gain a broad understanding of the related disciplines of science and forensics; Help you to gain theoretical knowledge of forensic medical sciences; Teach you to evaluate and interpret forensic evidence; Give you the option to specialise in areas of your interest.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life. Core and other modules will be assessed through tutorial work (including paper presentations), submitted assignments, practical reports and short examinations. There will be variation in the relative contribution of each assessment method within modules.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Forensic Toxicology (15 Credits)
Research Project (60 Credits)
Legal and Ethical Issues Relevant to Forensic Medicine and Science (15 Credits)
Clinical Aspects of Forensic Medicine (30 Credits)
Forensic Identification (30 Credits)
Forensic Pathology (30 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will need either an appropriate life sciences degree or equivalent from a recognised academic institution, or an appropriate professional qualification or experience acceptable to the Programme Director and Director of Graduate Studies.