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Internationally, there are few opportunities for students to gain expertise in forensic medicine in a structured manner. The University of Dundee is one of only a handful of UK universities with an active medicolegal department. Based on the main campus, the Centre for Forensic & Legal Medicine has a thirty-year history of providing medicolegal education to both UK and international students and offers a combination of courses available nowhere else in the United Kingdom. As a student, you will have access to practicing forensic medical and dental experts, each experienced in undergraduate teaching and postgraduate training, and will work alongside students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds.
The primary aims of the course are to:
- Introduce you to the elements of medicine, science and the law as applied to the investigation of death and crime, and its application to the court of law
- Assist you in developing skills which will allow you to develop, conduct, complete and present a piece of research on a related topic.
- This is the only intercalated forensic medicine course available in the United Kingdom and, as such, it provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to study the traditionally postgraduate subjects of forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine.
- The Centre has years of experience teaching forensic medicine to UK and international students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
- All our tutors are practicing forensic medical and dental professionals who regularly act as expert witnesses in Courts of Law.
- The Centre has a long history of providing professional assistance in the investigation of disasters and cases of human rights abuses, both in the United Kingdom and internationally.
For entry to the BMSc (Hons) Intercalated course you must have successfully completed three years of an undergraduate medical degree (MBChB/MBBS etc) or two years of an undergraduate dental course (BDS).
English Language Requirement
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
How you will be taught
- Student presentations
- Group discussions
- Case scenarios
- Guided self-directed learning
- Private study
How you will be assessed
The components of the assessment will be as follows;
- Forensic Medicine (25% of course mark): two written assignments and an examination utilising multiple-choice and multiple-response questions.
- Forensic Science (25% of course mark): two written assignments and small group seminar presentations.
- Research Project (50% of course mark): dissertation and oral presentation.
What you will study
There are three compulsory modules, which run concurrently throughout the academic year:
Forensic Medicine: a series of lectures on topics of forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine, including: identification of the dead; timing and cause of death; the medicolegal autopsy; the identification and interpretation of injuries and injury patterns; the investigation of sexual offences and child abuse; and the roles of the Procurator Fiscal and forensic medical experts.
Forensic Science: a series of seminars which, through exploration of case scenarios, provides an insight in to a wide range of forensic science disciplines, including: physical evidence analysis; fingerprinting; forensic biology and genetics; ballistics; fire investigation; forensic archaeology and anthropology; taphonomy and paleopathology; forensic entomology; forensic botany; forensic odontology; forensic radiology; and disaster victim identification.
Research Project: you will design, execute and write up a substantial literature review and project of research or investigation on a topic which relates to the course.
The blended approach to teaching and learning methods is intended to encourage you to develop a range of transferable academic and professional skills and attitudes, including the ability to identify personal learning needs, independently seek teaching resources, question and critically analyse current medical and scientific concepts, promote clinical reasoning and critical reflective practice and to take responsibility for self-directed continued medical education and lifelong learning, placing you in a better position when you apply for employment post MBChB/BDS graduation.
The range of topics covered by the course means that it may be of particular relevance to: medical undergraduates with a specific interest in pursuing a career in forensic pathology or clinical forensic medicine; medical students keen to specialise in those areas of clinical medicine in which victims of abuse or violence are regularly encountered (e.g. emergency medicine, general practice, paediatrics); and dental students interested in undertaking forensic odontology or disaster victim identification work.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
Fees for students starting 2019-20
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||Fees for September 2019 entry will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2019.|
|Rest of UK students||Fees for September 2019 entry are subject to confirmation by the UK Government and will be published when confirmed.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£17,275 per year of study|
Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.
You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.
Examples of additional costs:
|One off cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- may be mandatory or optional expenses
- may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
- vary depending on your programme of study
- are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable
Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.
For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.
If you are currently a student at the University of Dundee and would like to apply, use the following form
If you would like to come to Dundee from another medical school please complete the following form.
There will also be procedures at your own Medical School and you should speak to your course leader or administrative staff to find out what these are.
Application enquiries email: BMSC@dundee.ac.uk
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