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Medico-Legal Issues in Forensic Imaging Practice University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

This award covers the medico-legal issues that are the foundation of forensic imaging practice.


20 weeks


Course overview

This award uses innovative teaching methods to develop your knowledge and skills in forensic imaging and supports you in your distance learning experience wherever you are in the world – for radiographers, technologists and other forensic imaging professionals.

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Course details

What you study

Topics covered include continuity of evidence, standards of digital evidence, statements and documentation, presenting evidence in court, the role of the expert witness, and health and safety.

This award helps you be critical about what you read and how you apply it to your practice, to be articulate, confident to engage with others in debate and to incorporate necessary changes to your department’s protocol, to be adaptable in utilising a range of learning activities, and to be aspiring to establish best practice in forensic imaging.

The evidence topic enables you to be articulate and confident in presenting evidence, critical in reflecting how you prepare evidence and statements, and present evidence in court, and be adaptable, aspiring and creative in developing new approaches to managing digital evidence in your department.

How you learn

This course is taught through distance learning and is structured to keep you on track throughout your studies. You never need to attend the University and, apart from the webinars, you can complete the online activities at the times that work best for you.

You have weekly contact with your tutor and peers, using instant messaging or email, for support when you want it.

Topics are delivered at a pace that gives you more time to learn about that area and relate it to your own practice.

Structured activities help you to think about each topic and discuss ideas with your peers: videos, screencasts, quizzes, directed reading, virtual workspace for discussion, and interactive and collaborative work.

You learn through regular webinars where you and your peers join together online at the same time for a teaching session with your tutor or other forensic specialists. Six webinars take place on an evening, running from 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

In a courtroom simulation you learn how to give evidence and gain experience of being cross-examined.

International specialists in the field of forensics facilitate all sessions, demonstrating the multidisciplinary nature of forensic practice in mass fatalities incidents.

How you are assessed

This award is assessed by a written assignment submitted online.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should be radiographers, technologists or other radiographic/imaging professionals with an appropriate honours degree (2:2 or higher) or equivalent, and who are licensed to undertake medical or post-mortem imaging in their country.

No forensic radiography experience is required. Applications are welcome from newly qualified radiographers or technicians.

International students are expected to demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.5 at the time of applying.

International students should also consider our criteria for admission and direct entry here:



Career opportunities

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



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 20 weeks
  • Start date: September
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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