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Forensic Medicine


The Master of Forensic Medicine is a 1-year taught masters course designed primarily for overseas medical graduates.

It will provide you with core knowledge and skills in forensic medicine principles, concepts and terminology.

Status:The final date for submission of applications for September 2014 will be 28th February 2014

Why study Forensic Medicine at Dundee?

The philosophy of the programme is to foster the development of medico-legal expertise founded in current scientific knowledge and devoid of bias. The course addresses those aspects of forensic medicine and science which are most frequently the subject of expert testimony in the courts. The intention is to provide postgraduate students with core knowledge and intellectual skills in forensic medicine.

After completing this course you will:

  • Have a knowledge and understanding of forensic medicine principles, concepts and terminology
  • Have an understanding of related applications of forensic science
  • Be able to apply your knowledge and skills to accurately observe and document medico-legal findings
  • Be able to develop and critique medico-legal opinions based upon current literature

This course can also be taken on a part-time basis, lasting for 24 months.

What's so good about studying Forensic Medicine at Dundee?

Departmental facilities

The Centre for Forensic & Legal Medicine at the University of Dundee has excellent facilities for post-graduate studies. The Centre has its own histopathology and toxicology laboratories and the mortuary is a newly built modern facility.

The Centre library holds complete sets of all English-language forensic medicine and science journals and an extensive collection of forensic medicine and science textbooks.

Who should study this course?

The Master of Forensic Medicine is a 1-year taught masters course designed primarily for overseas medical graduates. It may be suitable also for graduates in the biological sciences who have already completed a postgraduate degree such as an MSc or a PhD.

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Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by staff from the Centre for Forensic & Legal Medicine.

This course has one start date - September

How you will be taught

The programme consists of medico-legal casework attachments, lectures, small group tutorials and assigned work based on primary literature searches and requiring written opinions on case studies. There are lectures on Forensic Science and Forensic Medicine.

What you will study

The MFM course comprises three modules. There are two compulsory taught modules, the one in forensic medicine and the other in forensic science. The third module which makes up the course may be either a literature review dissertation or alternatively a research dissertation based upon a small research project.

The overall aim of the forensic medicine module is to provide an integrated working knowledge of the main subject areas within forensic medicine.

The overall aim of the forensic science module is to develop an understanding of applications of forensic science related to the practice of forensic medicine.

The third module is either a literature review dissertation or a research dissertation based upon a short research project. The majority of students undertake a literature review dissertation.

For further details about these modules, please visit the course webpage.

How you will be assessed

The individual coursework assignments provide formative assessment but also contribute towards a summative statement of achievement. Formative assessment is designed to provide students with feedback on progress and inform development. Summative assessment provides a measure of achievement or failure made in respect of a student's performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of the programme.


This course is designed to meet the needs of overseas medical graduates who intend to return to their home countries to practice forensic medicine. The qualification is not a route to medical registration in the UK or to the practice of forensic medicine in the UK. Medical registration and licensing to practice in the UK is controlled by the General Medical Council.

Entry Requirements

A degree in medicine - MBChB or equivalent.

EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.

English Language Requirement: IELTS minimum overall score of 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing component and a minimum of 5.5 in the other 3 components.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

Fees and Funding

Academic Year Home/EU Overseas
2014-15 £13,000 £13,000

Sources of Funding

The School of Medicine is not currently offering any school scholarships.

Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

How to Apply

Apply online via UKPASS

You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Programme Director

Dr Ronnie Lowe
Senior Lecturer & Lead Forensic Physician
Police Scotland
Centre for Forensic and Legal Medicine
Sir James Black Building
9 Dudhope Crescent Road

Telephone: 01382 596544/5 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 596544/5 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 596546 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 596546 (from outside the UK)



Admissions Contact

Postgraduate Admissions Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee

Telephone: 01382 384 384 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 384 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 385 500 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 385 500 (from outside the UK)