Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgCert Forensic Radiography

Are you a radiographer and want to learn about forensic imaging practice relevant to your department? Do you want to improve your forensic knowledge and skills when undertaking forensic examinations such as non-accidental injury skeletal surveys? Then this is the course for you.

Course information


  • 1 year

More part-time details

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

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This course:

  • enables you to develop a critical understanding of the medico-legal aspects of forensic imaging practice
  • extends your knowledge and skills to a specialist level in forensic imaging practice relevant to your own area of practice
  • enables you to develop a critical understanding of the role of forensic imaging within the clinical environment.

Professional accreditation

This course has received Recognition from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Two modules ensure that you are fit for practice within the scope of forensic practice relevant to the needs of a clinical radiology department. The first is Medico-Legal Issues in Forensic Imaging Practice (Sept - Jan) and the second is Principles of Forensic Imaging (Jan - June). All sessions are facilitated by recognised specialists in the field of forensics, demonstrating the multi-disciplinary nature of forensic practice.


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).


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

With our distance learning approach you never need to attend the university. This might sound a scary prospect but this course is very structured, which keeps you on track throughout your studies. The three-week online induction at the start of the course gives you time to get to know the Virtual Learning Environment, learn what electronic learning resources are available to you, and introduces you to each other and the programme. You also have the opportunity to improve your writing skills with online workshops. So when the forensic topics start, you are ready to concentrate on the subject.

What can distance learning offer me?

  • Weekly contact with your tutor and peers via instant messaging or email.
  • Topics delivered at a pace that gives you more time to learn about that area and relate this to your own practice.
  • Structured activities to help you to think about each topic and discuss ideas with your peers.
  • Sessions delivered by specialists in forensic practice using webinars (e.g. Coroner, Pathologist, Forensic Paediatrician, Paediatric Radiologist, Forensic Anthropologist, Forensic Biologist, Forensic Radiographer).
  • Regular webinars where you and your peers join together online at the same time to engage in a teaching session with your tutor or other specialist.
  • You don’t need time off work – the webinars are on an evening (dates given before the course starts) and you can engage with the activities at a time that suits you each week.
  • Courtroom simulation – learn how to give evidence and experience being cross-examined.

The course is available to UK and International radiographers and provides you with a global perspective on aspects of forensic imaging practice as well as broadening your intercultural awareness and understanding. You critique papers from around the world on virtual autopsy, and heighten your awareness of the diverse cultural issues in relation to death and how the deceased are dealt with. You learn from various incidents across the globe that have contributed to how identification of the deceased is achieved today.

You need to have prolonged access to a recent multi-media computer (PC or Mac) with internet broadband connection and suitable internet browser, Skype account (free), webcam and headset and microphone.

How you are assessed

Assessments are relevant to your area of practice and are written assignments submitted electronically.

Career opportunities

The College of Radiographers advocates that all radiographers who undertake forensic imaging examinations must be appropriately educated and trained in all aspects of forensic practice. This course addresses this and successful completion of the course enhances your career as a practitioner with specialist forensic imaging skills.

MSc Forensic Radiography – we also offer an MSc Forensic Radiography

Entry requirements

Applicants should be registered radiographers and have an honours degree (2.2 or above) or be able to provide evidence of the ability to work at postgraduate level. No forensic experience is required.International students are required to demonstrate an IELTS Score of 6.5 at time of application. Applicants are interviewed.
View the international entry requirements

Course information


  • 1 year

More part-time details

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

Contact details

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