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Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professional) MSc

Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professional) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Science (Non-Medical) Forensic Medical Studies Nursing

Course type


Course Summary

Our course is designed by and for health professionals, who are tasked with forensically examining alleged victims of sexual assault, gathering and recording evidence for court.

With court cases relying on forensic evidence, there’s an increasing need for health professionals such as nurses to carry out forensic examinations of alleged victims of sexual assaults.

This innovative Masters course provides an in-depth training and understanding of how to gather and record relevant forensic evidence, which can be presented in court. You'll be provided with the fundamental principles of forensic science along with being assessed in giving oral and written evidence for court.

The course has been designed for and by health professionals in collaboration with experts from our School of Law. You’ll be able to take advantage of our unique facilities, including a full-size mock courtroom, and a crime scene house with CCTV and an observation room.

The course runs in parallel with our Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professional) – MSc, with opportunities to choose modules from either route in your second year to obtain a dual qualification.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professional).


The course is designed to support health professionals and develop advanced practice skills within their current role.

There’s also the option for further academic research upon completion of the MSc.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



Introduction to Forensic Practice - Core
Advanced Forensic Clinical Practice (Sexual Assault) - Core
Professional Legal Skills for Non-Lawyers - Core
Principles of Physical Assessment (DL or Blended) - Core
Research Methods or Methodologies - Core
Research Dissertation or Project Based Change - Core

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

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You’ll need a first degree or equivalent recent academic work at either Masters or degree level. You must be employed in an organisation where you are tasked with undertaking forensic examinations of alleged victims of sexual assault victims You’ll need to identify a Preceptor (Assessor) in your workplace who’s able to assess your clinical competencies. You must hold an appropriate registration with either the HCPC or the NMC with at least 4 years post registration if a nurse or 2 years if a Paramedic.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University offers many different postgraduate courses across a wide range of different subject areas and study options. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education located in Stafford and Shrewsbury. Students can study Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, PGCE or PhDs at the University, and these...more

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