Forensic Medicine MFM

  • For Entry: September
  • UCAS Code: P033404
  • Duration: 1 year
  • College: Centre for Forensic & Legal Medicine
  • School: Centre for Forensic & Legal 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee categoryFees for students starting September 2015
Scottish students Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.
Rest of UK students Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.
EU students Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

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