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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Conditions Applicants for the Forensic Studies programme must have gained a primary degree qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. social work, biology, chemistry crime scene science or any related science discipline) from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or from an institution of another country, which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard. Each applicant may be assessed on his or her individual merit and previous employment profile. Where relevant, students will be required to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE Grade C or equivalent). Students are informed of all the necessary programme specific computer requirements and IT Skills. Exceptionally candidates who do not satisfy the requirements above and who hold other qualifications and professional experience approved by the Senate may be admitted. These students may be eligible for admission to the Post Graduate Certificate by accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) by completion of a continuous professional development portfolio.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Certificate Forensic Studies
  • Course description
    This Postgraduate Certificate programme aims to provide an academically challenging and vocationally relevant education for those who wish to enter the field of Forensic Studies or undertake research in this area. It aims to promote comprehensive knowledge, understanding and practical application of forensic techniques to enable investigation of crimes from medico – legal point of view. This course will meet the professional development needs of forensic scientists, forensic nurses, coroners and their officers, forensic psychologists, probation officers, social workers, senior prison officers and those wishing to pursue a career as expert witnesses.

    Students from the Republic of Ireland and other countries may also find the programme useful, bearing in mind the differences in law in their jurisdiction. At present the course includes Northern Irish and English law and operating procedures. Training of new staff from all sections of the community together will help to build good team working and morale.

    Duration and Mode of Attendance

    PGCertificate in Forensic Studies 1 year (all distance learning)

    Students complete three taught modules with a total credit value of 60 points for a Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Studies. All modules are rated under the Credit Accumulation and Transfer scheme (CATS).

    Structure and Content

    Module Listing
    Students complete three taught modules with a total credit value of 60 points for a Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Studies. All modules are rated under the Credit Accumulation and Transfer scheme (CATS). The length of the course for Pg Cert is two semesters (half-time study) over one academic year.

    Semester 1
    Principles of Law Relating to Forensic Practice (15 credit point module, level M): provides an introduction to the legal system within which the discipline of forensic medicine is carried out. Critical appraisal of the development and structure of the English and Northern Ireland legal systems is required.

    Medical Aspects of the Law (15 credit point module, level M): permits application of the legal structures studied in the previous module to the medical field. The ability to integrate the legal background with medical practice is essential.

    Semester 2
    Crime Scene Investigation (30 points, level M): introduces the field of medico-legal investigation. Develop the ability to investigate crimes from a forensics point of view and make sound judgements in the absence of complete data. Students will be able to evaluate the process and principles of investigation of crimes and show originality and leadership in the area.

    Teaching and Learning Methods The course uses a variety of teaching and learning methods. All teaching is by distance learning using internet-based teaching, multi-media resources, and online group discussion. The distance-learning course is delivered through the world-wide web, and in addition to the course team, distance learners are supported by e-tutors who act as mentors and provide personal and academic guidance.
    The course is taught by both lecturers from the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Built Environment at the University of Ulster and by professionals within the field of Forensics such Forensic Medical Officers and staff from the Coroner Office and State Pathology.

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