Taught course

Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professional)

Staffordshire University · Health, Science and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

You’ll need a first degree or equivalent recent academic work at either Masters or degree level.

You must be employed in an organisation where you are tasked with undertaking forensic examinations of alleged victims of sexual assault victims

You’ll need to identify a Preceptor (Assessor) in your workplace who’s able to assess your clinical competencies.

You must hold an appropriate registration with either the HCPC or the NMC with at least 4 years post registration if a nurse or 2 years if a Paramedic.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Advanced Forensic Practice MSc is the first course in the UK that meets the United Kingdon Association of Forensic Nurses and Paramedics (UKAFN) Advanced Standards in Education and Training (ASET) within forensic practice. The ASET standard is also badged by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM). Our course is designed by and for health professionals, who are tasked with forensically examining alleged victims of sexual assault, gathering and recording evidence for court.

With court cases relying on forensic evidence, there’s an increasing need for people who are responsible for the health, well-being, and forensic examination of detainees in custody.

This innovative Masters course provides an in-depth training and understanding of how to gather and record relevant forensic evidence, which can be presented in court. You'll be provided with the fundamental principles of forensic science along with being assessed in giving oral and written evidence for court.

The course has been designed for and by health professionals in collaboration with experts from our School of Law. You’ll be able to take advantage of our unique facilities, including a full-size mock courtroom, and a crime scene house with CCTV and an observation room.

The course runs in parallel with our Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professional) – MSc, with opportunities to choose modules from either route in your second year to obtain a dual qualification.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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