Training Programmes

Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences,
Tel: 0207 882 3401,
Fax: 0207 882 3424,


14th of March – 18th of March 2016

The Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences will host the Forensic Human Identification Course from the 27th of June to the 1st July 2011. In addition an on-line version of the course will also be offered over a period of four weeks following completion of classroom teaching. The course aims to provide a broad knowledge of different aspects of human identification and is linked to the Diploma in Forensic Human Identification offered by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.

Topics covered will include: Legal and human rights issues in identification; identification of the body at different stages of decay; victim Identification from crime scene investigation; forensic odontology; forensic osteology; investigation of clandestine graves; craniofacial identification; DNA analysis including the human genome/molecular biology techniques and tool used in human identification; identification from prints; emergency planning and victim identification in mass disasters, psychological profiling, voice recognition.

Who should attend? The course will be of value to forensic practitioners from many different disciplines including police officers, lawyers, scientists, doctors and dentists and others with a professional interest in this area.

The course will also be eligible for CPD points and a certificate of attendance will be awarded to attendees on completion of the course. The course registration fee for attendees is £750.00 and also includes a social event with dinner. The fee for On-line students is £680.

For further details please contact:
Mr Adam Konstanciak
Telephone: +44(0)20 7882 3401
Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences



1st October 2015 to 31st March 2016

Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences runs a course in the forensic medical sciences on an annual basis. Its aim is to deliver core knowledge in forensic medicine, forensic science and the law as applicable to the forensic sciences. Students who successfully complete the course are eligible to sit for the Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences which is offered by the Society of Apothecaries of London. The course comprises 30, two hour sessions covering a broad range of topics, delivered by recognised forensic specialists and held on some Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm - 9pm starting in October through to end of May.

The Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences is currently accredited by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians for 60 CPD points and Bar Standards Board for 33 CPD points.

Lectures will include the following topics: The medico-legal aspects of disease; Essential forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine to include recognition and interpretation of wounds and other injuries; Medical and scientific investigation of fires, explosions and similar causes of non-natural deaths; Child deaths and child abuse; Investigation of sexual offences; The role of the Police in investigation and their relationship to other professions; Comparative legal systems, court procedure, principles of law of evidence; The Procurator Fiscal and Coroner: Fatal Accident Inquiries and Coroner's Inquests; The role of the Judge, of the defence and of the expert witness; Principles of forensic toxicology and analytical techniques; Drugs and poisons including drugs of abuse and the related law; Alcohol; scientific and legal aspects; Forensic DNA; Forensic odontology; Forensic psychiatry.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for health professionals, scientists, advocates, law enforcement officers and others with a bona fide interest in the forensic medical sciences. A higher qualification is not essential. Suitability for admission to the course is at the discretion of the course organisers.

Further details

For further details contact: Professor Peter Vanezis, Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences, 117 Charterhouse Street London EC1M 6AA, Tel: 0207 882 3401, Fax: 0207882 3408;

*The course, in addition to conventional classroom teaching, is also available online.



Length of course
One year full time, two years part time

Introduction to the aim or intention of the course
This course aims to respond to a national and international need for professionals who can apply a critical and scientific approach to their forensic practice, and who wish to acquire a broad understanding of the various interrelated disciplines of forensic medicine and science. It will provide theoretical and practical knowledge of the forensic medical sciences, and will train students to be able to critically evaluate and interpret forensic medical and scientific evidence.
The research project is an integral component of the course that will provide students with valuable experience of the research process, including preparation of a thesis

Course content
The course is in modular format (12 modules) and will include the following areas: Legal and ethical aspects of forensic medicine, clinical forensic medicine, forensic pathology, toxicology, identification and a research project. 

Core and other modules will be assessed through tutorial work (including paper presentations), submitted assignments, practical reports and short examinations (SAQ or MCQ format).  There will be variation in the relative contribution of each assessment method between modules. 
To be eligible for each of the following awards the student must satisfactorily complete the following: PG Cert 4 core modules; PG Dip: 8 taught modules MSc: 12 modules (8 taught modules and the research project)
The full programme comprises 12 modules, with each module contributing equally to the final mark (8.33% of the total).  A one-unit module therefore contributes 8.33%, a half-module 4.17%, and the project 33.33%.

Entry requirements

  • a degree or degree equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised academic institution.  A 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree would normally be required, although candidates with a Pass degree may also be considered; or,
  • an appropriate professional qualification (national or international) and/or experience acceptable to the course director and Institute Postgraduate Tutor.
  • Students for whom English is a second language will also require a minimum IELTS 7 or TOEFL 610 score.

Further details
For further details contact: Professor Peter Vanezis, The Cameron Centre for Forensic Medical Sciences, William Harvey Research Institute,
Tel: 0207 882 3401, Fax: 0207882 3408;
Emails: or



Monday, 8th February– Thursday, 11th February 2016


This course has been designed by the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences, which runs a number of courses encompassing various aspects of Forensic Medical Sciences.

This course aims to offer participants an understanding and practical knowledge of the main aspects related to the management of the dead. It also explains the processes involved in ensuring the dead are managed in a proper and dignified manner, including consideration for the needs of bereaved families. The course will also provide an understanding of all aspects of how deceased persons are managed from when death occurs to their lawful disposal and all related issues. Both single and multiple death situations will be covered.

Who is the course for?

A number of different professionals and students will find the course relevant to their work practice and studies including:

  • Various categories of hospital personnel such as doctors, paramedics, nurses, managers and mortuary staff

  • Police and fire services

  • Coroners and their officers and others in the legal system with an interest in this area,

  • Specialised teams involved in disaster victim identification and those involved in exhumations and other related human rights activities

  • Funeral staff

  • Pathologists, anthropologists, odontologists and others called in to examine deceased persons

  • Professionals involved in the care of bereaved relatives


  • An understanding of the various procedures and complexities involved in dealing with the deceased

  • An understanding of the importance and processes of management and logistics in both single and mass disasters

  • An appreciation of the role of the various professionals involved in the management of the deceased

  • A consideration of the need for national and international requirements for single body and/or multiple body management in different circumstances including in armed conflict

Distance Learning Option

In addition to attendance at course lectures at our Charterhouse venue we also offer a Distance Learning alternative for those who cannot attend lectures.

To our distance learning students we offer the full lecture with documentation on line which will remain accessible for 10 weeks following the course. In order to assess that students are accessing the teaching material we also set a number of short questions relevant to each lecture. The purpose of the questions will be to ensure engagement of the students. We also encourage the students to post questions to us on a course website which will be answered by the relevant lecturers.

Enrolling in the Course

Candidates must submit a formal application for admission, electronic copy of an application can be obtained from

Topics in the course will include:

Legal aspects of managing the deceased

  • Identification of deceased

  • Certification and death registration

  • Reasons for referring to the coroner

  • Investigation and legal process in various categories of death

  • Legal requirements for burial or cremation

  • Briefn overview on relevant legislation

Procedures for the recognition of life extinct and diagnosis of death

  • The authorise personnel responsible in pronouncing and certifying death in

  • Diagnosis of brain death

  • Protocols and issues arising

  • Pronouncing death within healthcare facilities (hospital, care home etc.)

Organ donation and transplantation

  • The regulations involving organ donation in the United Kingdom both in the deceased and brain dead donors

Healthcare Environments (Hospitals, Care Homes, Hospices)

  • The procedures involving how the body is managed after life is extinct (dead) in a clinic/hospital

  • Measures taken to ensure that the deceased is treated in an appropriate way with dignity and taking into consideration any religious or cultural practices

  • Transportation to the mortuary or funeral parlour

Indoor Death

  • These may vary from domestic, workplace or various public premises

  • Procedure on discovering or notification of death and what steps need to be taken depending on the category of death, including securing and examining the scene

Custodial Death

  • The deceased may be in custody but within a hospital or within a prison, police station, mental health institution

  • Description of the protocols involved and the necessary investigation to be carried out to include the role of the police, IPCC, Coroner

Outdoors (land and water)

  • Protocols in dealing with an outdoor environment and examination of the body in situ prior to removal

Other Topics:

  • Management of a scene including preservation

  • Multiple deaths including mass disasters, genocide, armed conflicts

  • Mortuary practices, post-mortems and issues arising

  • Management of the next of kin

  • Preparing for lawful disposal and funeral practices

  • Dealing with the media

  • Presenting evidence at court

Course Fees for 2016

The fee for attendance at Lectures within the Charterhouse Square Campus is £400, payable prior to the commencement of the course.

The fee for the distance learning course is £400 payable prior to the commencement of the course.


The course is suitable for Continuing Professional Development purposes (CPD) and students are able to claim 28 CPD points after successful completion (80% of attendance)

Certificate of Attendance

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to obtain a certificate of attendance.

Further information, please contact:

Mr Adam Konstanciak

Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences

117 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6AA

Tel: 0207 882 3401

Fax: 0207 882 3424



Date created 8/03/2007