Research course

Forensic Medicine

University of Dundee · University of Dundee

Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2.1 or above, or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in the written component, or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Centre for Forensic & Legal Medicine is funded directly by the Scottish Crown Office under an agreement with the University which provides forensic autopsy and toxicology services to procurators fiscal in Tayside, Fife and Central regions. The range of cases investigated includes road traffic fatalities, suicides, accidents at home and at work, homicides and sudden natural deaths, as well as in-hospital deaths under anaesthesia and other unexpected hospital deaths.

The department provides undergraduate teaching to the Department of Law (optional courses in forensic medicine and in forensic science) as well as medicine. For medical undergraduates there is an intercalated BMSc option in forensic medicine, which is also open to medical undergraduates from any UK medical school. A postgraduate one-year taught course leading to a Master of Forensic Medicine degree is available for overseas medical graduates only.

Postgraduate research programmes are mainly in the field of forensic toxicology. The department has an active interest in the application of forensic medicine in support of human rights and has teaching, research and international service commitments in this field.

Department specialisms

Forensic Toxicology Forensic Medicine in support of human rights

Information for international students

Please visit our website .

Fees and funding

Current studentship vacancies can be found on: PhD Studentships

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Prof Derrick Pounder
+44 (0)1382 388020