Taught course

Forensic Radiography

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You must be a registered radiographer and have an honours degree (2.2 or above) or be able to evidence your ability to study at postgraduate level. No forensic experience is required. International students are expected to demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.5. We interview all applicants.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is the only course of its kind in the UK. Throughout this master’s degree you learn about forensic imaging practice relevant to your department and the mass fatalities environment. You also improve your forensic examination skills in areas including non-accidental skeletal injury. By successfully completing your first year (PgCert) this ensures your forensic imaging competence in clinical radiology. In the second year (PgDip) you complete advanced study in the mass fatalities environment and a practice area of your choice. During your third year (MSc) you develop the research skills needed to contribute to the forensic imaging knowledge base.

This course enables you to:

  • extend your knowledge and skills to an advanced level in forensic imaging practice that is relevant to a clinical radiology department and the emergency mortuary environment
  • develop a critical understanding of the role of forensic imaging in the mass fatalities and emergency mortuary environment, and the clinical radiology environment
  • enhance your knowledge and skills in systematically and critically evaluating research evidence
  • develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of primary and secondary research approaches, and designs to plan and manage a research project that meets ethical standards
  • achieve the intellectual and professional independence commensurate with mastery
  • contribute to the forensic imaging practice knowledge base.
How you learn

Our distance learning approach means you never need to visit the University. Instead you use e-learning@tees, our virtual learning environment, and other online tools.

This course is carefully structured and highly interactive to ensure you are comfortable with the distance learning approach and stay on track throughout your studies. We also give you access to recognised forensic specialists and provide tools allowing you to easily socialise with peers.

The learning tools used in this course include podcasts, webinars, seminars, videos, recommended readings, interactive exercises, virtual workspace, quizzes, Skype, small group sessions and tutorials.

Regular evening webinars allow you to meet with peers, tutors and specialists online. Webinar dates are provided before the course starts and allow you to engage with activities when it’s convenient for you. Through a courtroom simulation in the first year you learn how to give evidence and experience being cross-examined.

Your three-week induction starts in mid-September – this gives you time to get to know the virtual learning environment and electronic learning resources. It also introduces you to your peers and the programme content. During the induction you can choose to improve your writing skills by completing online workshops.

The distance learning approach is available to UK and international radiographers. It provides a global perspective on forensic imaging practice to broaden your intercultural awareness and understanding. By learning from various global incidents and critiquing papers from around the world on virtual autopsy, you heighten your awareness of cultural issues in relation to death.

To complete this course you need long-term access to a computer with the internet. You also need a (free) Skype account, webcam, and a headset and microphone.

How you are assessed

Assessments are designed to suit your area of practice in the form of electronically submitted written assignments.

Career opportunities

The Society and College of Radiographers advocates that radiographers undertaking forensic imaging examinations must be educated and trained at postgraduate level. This course addresses this. Successful completion of the course enhances your career as a practitioner with specialist forensic imaging skills.

Most advanced posts in the NHS require a master’s degree. If you plan to become the lead radiographer for forensic imaging in your department, the advanced skills you develop in this course will give you an advantage.

Information for international students

International students must demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.5

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


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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