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Forensic Medical Sciences

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )

Overview

There is a national and international need for professionals who can apply a critical and scientific approach to their forensic practice, and who want to have a broad understanding of the various interrelated disciplines of forensic medicine and science. This programme answers that need, and provides you with theoretical knowledge of the forensic medical sciences. It will train you to critically evaluate and interpret forensic medical and scientific evidence.

The unprecedented programme will cover a wide range of specialist topics under the umbrella of the forensic medical sciences, coupled with the opportunity to carry out research in a specialist area.

You will study forensic pathology and will visit mortuaries to observe autopsies, attend court hearings, gaining knowledge of how injuries are interpreted and how cases are prepared for court. In clinical forensic medicine you will study the role of the doctor in assessing persons in custody, assault victims, child maltreatment, assessing torture victims, etc.

Other areas which are covered include drugs, alcohol and their misuse, and how these substances are detected and quantified. You will also study the various methods that deceased and living persons can be identified by both as single cases and in mass disasters, including by DNA, dental and other methods.

We also offer you the opportunity to further your career prospects within your own professional specialty. This programme should be regarded as an intermediate level for pathologists and forensic medical examiners who will be expected to progress to specialist exit level exams, through their respective academic colleges.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to gain a broad understanding of the related disciplines of science and forensics
  • Help you to gain theoretical knowledge of forensic medical sciences
  • Teach you to evaluate and interpret forensic evidence
  • Give you the option to specialise in areas of your interest.

Why study your MSc in Forensic medical sciences at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry comprises of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We are one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Cameron Forensic Medical Sciences was established in 2006 in response to an urgent need for the re-introduction of a viable forensic medical centre in the London and the South East of England which would aim to promote a high standard of academic excellence.

  • Cutting-edge critical programme – theory included, with a real focus on developing students’ critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • The forensic unit comprises experienced staff with an international reputation for their excellence in teaching and research in forensic medicine.
  • We are one of the very few universities in the UK with an academic centre of forensic medicine and the only centre in London and the South East of England actively teaching in this field to both undergraduates and postgraduates.

Facilities

The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock, there are dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

You will have access to a range of specialist facilities including: medical libraries located at the Royal London and St Bart's hospitals and at the main College campus at Mile End.

Structure

MSc Forensic medical sciences is available to study as an MSc over one year full-time.

Full attendance is expected throughout the programme and is a pre-requisite for successful completion of the programme.

The full MSc programme comprises six modules including a dissertation.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Programme modules:

  • Clinical aspects of forensic medicine (30 Credits)
  • Forensic pathology (30 Credits)
  • Legal and ethical issues relevant to forensic medicine and science(15 Credits)
  • Forensic toxicology (15 Credits)
  • Forensic identification (30 Credits)
  • Research project (60 Credits)

Contact

For more information, please contact Dr Nina Ravic.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3404
Email: n.ravic@qmul.ac.uk

Apply now

Full-time

Admission status:
Open

Campus:
Charterhouse Square

Find out more:
William Harvey Research Institute
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: pgsmd@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

To join the course, you will need either an appropriate life sciences degree or equivalent from a recognised academic institution, or an appropriate professional qualification or experience acceptable to the Programme Director and Director of Graduate Studies.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Apply now

Full-time

Admission status:

Open

Campus:

Charterhouse Square

Find out more:

William Harvey Research Institute
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: pgsmd@qmul.ac.uk

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Full attendance is expected throughout the programme and is a pre-requisite for successful completion of the programme.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Core and other modules will be assessed through tutorial work (including paper presentations), submitted assignments, practical reports and short examinations (short answer questions or multiple choice question format). There will be variation in the relative contribution of each assessment method within modules.

Dissertation

If you proceed to the MSc, you will also be assessed on a supervised 20,000-word dissertation.

Apply now

Full-time

Admission status:

Open

Campus:

Charterhouse Square

Find out more:

William Harvey Research Institute
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: pgsmd@qmul.ac.uk

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2016 entry
Full time £8,400

Tuition fees for International students

2016 entry
Full time £16,400

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

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