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Paediatric Forensic Imaging University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

Designed for radiographers and technologists who primarily work in a paediatric setting or who want to specialise further in forensic imaging of paediatrics.


20 weeks


Course overview

This award uses innovative teaching methods to develop your knowledge and skills in forensic imaging. You are supported through your 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:
• investigating infant deaths
• suspected physical abuse
• imaging modalities used for suspected physical abuse of paediatrics
• injuries indicative of suspected physical abuse
• standards of imaging of suspected physical abuse
• techniques for imaging paediatrics
• post-mortem imaging of paediatrics
• differential diagnoses and image interpretation.

This award helps you to be aspiring and creative in developing your skills and techniques to image deceased and living paediatrics. Learn to be adaptable and confident in applying imaging skills and knowledge to the paediatric forensic imaging environment. Become articulate, confident, and critical in identifying suspected physical abuse, and in presenting aspects of paediatric forensic 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 through 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 specialist. There are approximately six webinars throughout the course, which normally take place on a weekday evening, running from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Sessions are facilitated by international specialists in the field of forensics, demonstrating the multidisciplinary nature of paediatric forensic imaging.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by producing a professional information leaflet detailing aspects of paediatric forensic imaging, followed by a 15-minute online Q&A regarding the content of the leaflet.


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: View the international entry requirements.



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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