Master Forensic Medicine MFM

University of Dundee

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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 and 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.


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.


What you will studyThe 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 futher details on the course modules please see Forensic Medicine MFM Course Guide

How you will be assessedThe 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.


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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English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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