Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MSc Forensic Radiography

This course is the only course of its kind in the UK. Throughout this master’s degree you learn about forensic imaging practice relevant to your department and the mass fatalities environment.

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  • 3 years

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  • Distance learning
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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You also improve your forensic examination skills in areas including non-accidental skeletal injury. By successfully completing your first year (PgCert) this ensures your forensic imaging competence in clinical radiology. In the second year (PgDip) you complete advanced study in the mass fatalities environment and a practice area of your choice. During your third year (MSc) you develop the research skills needed to contribute to the forensic imaging knowledge base.

This course enables you to:

  • extend your knowledge and skills to an advanced level in forensic imaging practice that is relevant to a clinical radiology department and the emergency mortuary environment
  • develop a critical understanding of the role of forensic imaging in the mass fatalities and emergency mortuary environment, and the clinical radiology environment
  • enhance your knowledge and skills in systematically and critically evaluating research evidence
  • develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of primary and secondary research approaches, and designs to plan and manage a research project that meets ethical standards
  • achieve the intellectual and professional independence commensurate with mastery
  • contribute to the forensic imaging practice knowledge base.

Professional accreditation

This course is recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


Year 1 core modules

Medico-legal Issues in Forensic Imaging Practice

This module covers the medico-legal issues that are pertinent to forensic radiographers and which are the foundation of forensic practice. Topics covered include continuity of evidence, standards of digital evidence, statements and documentation, presenting evidence, the role of the expert witness, health and safety (including psychological aspects), the role of the coroner, confidentiality and consent in forensic practice, and developing forensic protocols and establishing best practice.

For those attending the University, there is a session in the mock court room to facilitate the development of court room skills and the giving of verbal evidence. For those studying online, there is a simulation of giving evidence in court.

Principles of Forensic Imaging

Topics in this module include imaging modalities in forensic practice, virtual autopsy (CT and MRI), non-accidental injury (paediatrics and vulnerable adults), injury processes and pathology, investigation of infant deaths, illegal immigration and people trafficking, drug packers, identification of the deceased – fingerprints, DNA, anthropology, odontology and radiography – and roles within the multidisciplinary team.

For those attending the University, there is a dental practical workshop during the block delivery. For those studying online, a dental practical workshop is offered annually (for which there will be an additional charge).


Year 2 core modules

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

Forensic Imaging in Mass Fatalities

This module is for radiographers who wish to advance their forensic imaging skills within the mass fatalities and emergency mortuary setting.

You develop a critical understanding of the processes involved following a mass fatalities incident, from the investigation of the crime scene to recovering the body to the emergency mortuary and ultimate release of the body to relatives.

Topics include: disaster victim identification roles and processes, both within and out with the emergency mortuary; victim recovery; fluoroscopy; computed tomography; cultural and ethical issues; health and safety; government legislation and public enquiry reports informing best practice; and the medico-legal issues pertinent to the emergency mortuary environment.

Negotiated Learning in Forensic Imaging Practice

This module provides an opportunity to study a negotiated area of forensic imaging practice to an advanced level.

Forensic practice is diverse and this module facilitates you engaging with a negotiated project that is relevant to your own learning needs or area of practice.


and one optional module

Year 3 core modules


Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Our distance learning approach means you never need to visit the University. Instead you use e-learning@tees, our virtual learning environment, and other online tools.

This course is carefully structured and highly interactive to ensure you are comfortable with the distance learning approach and stay on track throughout your studies. We also give you access to recognised forensic specialists and provide tools allowing you to easily socialise with peers.

The learning tools used in this course include podcasts, webinars, seminars, videos, recommended readings, interactive exercises, virtual workspace, quizzes, Skype, small group sessions and tutorials.

Regular evening webinars allow you to meet with peers, tutors and specialists online. Webinar dates are provided before the course starts and allow you to engage with activities when it’s convenient for you. Through a courtroom simulation in the first year you learn how to give evidence and experience being cross-examined.

Your three-week induction starts in mid-September – this gives you time to get to know the virtual learning environment and electronic learning resources. It also introduces you to your peers and the programme content. During the induction you can choose to improve your writing skills by completing online workshops.

The distance learning approach is available to UK and international radiographers. It provides a global perspective on forensic imaging practice to broaden your intercultural awareness and understanding. By learning from various global incidents and critiquing papers from around the world on virtual autopsy, you heighten your awareness of cultural issues in relation to death.

To complete this course you need long-term access to a computer with the internet. You also need a (free) Skype account, webcam, and a headset and microphone.

How you are assessed

Assessments are designed to suit your area of practice in the form of electronically submitted written assignments.

Career opportunities

The Society and College of Radiographers advocates that radiographers undertaking forensic imaging examinations must be educated and trained at postgraduate level. This course addresses this. Successful completion of the course enhances your career as a practitioner with specialist forensic imaging skills.

Most advanced posts in the NHS require a master’s degree. If you plan to become the lead radiographer for forensic imaging in your department, the advanced skills you develop in this course will give you an advantage.

Entry requirements

You must be a registered radiographer and have an honours degree (2.2 or above) or be able to evidence your ability to study at postgraduate level. No forensic experience is required. International students are expected to demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.5. We interview all applicants.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

Course information


  • 3 years

More part-time details

  • Distance learning
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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