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Minimally Invasive Autopsy University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

This award is for forensic imaging professionals who would like to further enhance their cross-sectional imaging skills to provide a minimally invasive autopsy service. As the public is increasingly rejecting the conventional autopsy, there is greater demand for minimally invasive autopsy using cross-sectional imaging technologies.


20 weeks


Course overview

Our world-leading courses use innovative teaching methods to develop your knowledge and skills in forensic imaging and support 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

You learn about post-mortem computerised tomography protocols and techniques, post-mortem magnetic resonance imaging, post-mortem angiography, image interpretation and pathology, post-mortem biopsies, pulmonary ventilation, the role of the radiographer in dealing with the bereaved, service provision and governance.

This award facilitates you to be confident and critical in applying research to your own practice, to be aspiring and creative in developing your skills to provide a post-mortem imaging service, adaptable in using your computerised tomography skills and knowledge in post-mortem imaging practice, and confident, critical and articulate in presenting aspects of post-mortem imaging to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

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.

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 presentation in the webinar room.


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 be 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: January
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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