Taught course

Forensic Radiography

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants should be registered radiographers and have an honours degree (2.2 or above) or be able to provide evidence of the ability to work at postgraduate level. No forensic experience is required. International students are required to demonstrate an IELTS Score of 6.5 at time of application. Applicants are interviewed.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a radiographer and want to learn about forensic imaging practice relevant to your department? Do you want to improve your forensic knowledge and skills when undertaking forensic examinations such as non-accidental injury skeletal surveys? Then this is the course for you. This course:

  • enables you to develop a critical understanding of the medico-legal aspects of forensic imaging practice
  • extends your knowledge and skills to a specialist level in forensic imaging practice relevant to your own area of practice
  • enables you to develop a critical understanding of the role of forensic imaging within the clinical environment.

Professional accreditation

This course has received Recognition from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Two modules ensure that you are fit for practice within the scope of forensic practice relevant to the needs of a clinical radiology department. The first is Medico-Legal Issues in Forensic Imaging Practice (Sept - Jan) and the second is Principles of Forensic Imaging (Jan - June). All sessions are facilitated by recognised specialists in the field of forensics, demonstrating the multi-disciplinary nature of forensic practice.

How you learn

With our distance learning approach you never need to attend the university. This might sound a scary prospect but this course is very structured, which keeps you on track throughout your studies. The three-week online induction at the start of the course gives you time to get to know the Virtual Learning Environment, learn what electronic learning resources are available to you, and introduces you to each other and the programme. You also have the opportunity to improve your writing skills with online workshops. So when the forensic topics start, you are ready to concentrate on the subject.

What can distance learning offer me?

  • Weekly contact with your tutor and peers via instant messaging or email.
  • Topics delivered at a pace that gives you more time to learn about that area and relate this to your own practice.
  • Structured activities to help you to think about each topic and discuss ideas with your peers.
  • Sessions delivered by specialists in forensic practice using webinars (e.g. Coroner, Pathologist, Forensic Paediatrician, Paediatric Radiologist, Forensic Anthropologist, Forensic Biologist, Forensic Radiographer).
  • Regular webinars where you and your peers join together online at the same time to engage in a teaching session with your tutor or other specialist.
  • You don’t need time off work – the webinars are on an evening (dates given before the course starts) and you can engage with the activities at a time that suits you each week.
  • Courtroom simulation – learn how to give evidence and experience being cross-examined.

The course is available to UK and International radiographers and provides you with a global perspective on aspects of forensic imaging practice as well as broadening your intercultural awareness and understanding. You critique papers from around the world on virtual autopsy, and heighten your awareness of the diverse cultural issues in relation to death and how the deceased are dealt with. You learn from various incidents across the globe that have contributed to how identification of the deceased is achieved today.

You need to have prolonged access to a recent multi-media computer (PC or Mac) with internet broadband connection and suitable internet browser, Skype account (free), webcam and headset and microphone.

Career opportunities

The College of Radiographers advocates that all radiographers who undertake forensic imaging examinations must be appropriately educated and trained in all aspects of forensic practice. This course addresses this and successful completion of the course enhances your career as a practitioner with specialist forensic imaging skills.

MSc Forensic Radiography – we also offer an MSc Forensic Radiography

Information for international students

International students are required to demonstrate an IELTS Score of 6.5 at time of application

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
distance learning
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384176