Diploma course in Forensic Human Identification




The Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences is holding its next Diploma Course Forensic Human Identification in March 2017.

This intense one week Course comprises 31 hours of lectures, covering a broad range of subjects, delivered by recognized forensic specialists and held from Monday the 6th – Friday the 10th March 2017. Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to sit for the Diploma in Forensic Human Identification, which is offered by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.



The course aims to deliver core knowledge in the field of Forensic Human Identification so that those attending will have a better understanding of the principles involved in the various specialist areas as well as an awareness of the broad scope of the field. The course in its own right, without sitting the examination, is suitable for 30 Continuing Professional Development Credits (CPD).



The standard of admission to the course will be a relevant University degree in medicine, law, science, social science or a related subject.  Alternatively, others with appropriate professional qualifications or experience and/or bona fide interest in forensic medicine/human identification and science will also be considered.

The course would be of interest to:

  • Forensic medical examiners, general practitioners, emergency medicine staff, pathologists, dentists, nurses, anatomical pathology technicians and other healthcare professionals
  • Solicitors and barristers
  • Members of HM Coroners office, police officers and support staff
  • Paramedics and others in the emergency services
  • Forensic scientists and toxicologists

If you are unsure about your eligibility for this course and would like to find out if this course if suited for you, please click to contact us.



The course will start on Monday the 6th of March 2017 to Friday the 10th of March 2017 from 9am – 5pm. Please contact the A.F.M.S. office and refer to your timetable for further details.

Draft timetable for the course can be downloaded here.

All the topics covered within the course, include:

  • Legal and human rights issues in identification
  • identification of the body at different stages of decay
  • victim Identification from crime scene investigation
  • forensic odontology
  • forensic osteology
  • investigation of clandestine graves
  • cranio-facial identification
  • DNA analysis including the human genome/molecular biology techniques and tool used in human identification
  • identification from prints
  • emergency planning and victim identification in mass disasters, psychological profiling, voice recognition

Satisfactory completion of the course will lead to the award of a Certificate of Attendance. Candidates may then wish to sit for the examination leading to the award of Diploma of Forensic Human Identification offered by Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (F.F.L.M.). Further details regarding the examination can be found on the following website:


There will be a course tutor and course administrator on hand to welcome the speaker, give guidance and answer any questions students might have and generally ensure the smooth running of each lecture. There is also a course mentor for the students who may wish to discuss any other matters not covered by the academic tutors.


DipFHID Course fees for 2017:


The fees for this course will be confirmed shortly.



Candidates must submit a formal application for admission, electronic copy of an application can be downloaded here.




DipFHID Staff List

Course Organiser:

Professor Peter Vanezis: p.vanezis@qmul.ac.uk


Course Administrator:

Mr Adam Konstanciak: info@afm.org.uk


Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine:




For further details and application form please contact:

Mr Adam Konstanciak

Telephone: +44(0)20 7882 3401, Fax: +44(0)207 882 3424

Email: info@afms.org.uk

Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences

117 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6AA