Diploma course in Forensic Medical Sciences

About The Course

The Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences, is holding its next online Diploma Course Forensic Medical Sciences (forensic medicine, forensic science and the law as applicable to the forensic sciences) in October 2021.


The Course comprises 31, two hour sessions, covering a broad range of subjects, delivered by recognized forensic specialists and starting in October 2021 and ending at the end of March 2022. Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take the Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences, which is offered by the Society of Apothecaries.




The course has been designed by the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences, which runs a number of courses encompassing various aspects of Forensic Medical Sciences.

The course aims to deliver core knowledge in the forensic medical sciences so that those attending the 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 Continuing Professional Development purposes (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, other professionals with appropriate experience and/or bona fide interest in forensic medicine and science will also be considered.

  • Forensic medical examiners, general practitioners, emergency medicine staff,
  • Pathologists, dentists, nurses and other health 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

Course Structure

The course will run from October 2021 to March 2022 with a break for Christmas.

Draft timetable can be
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Satisfactory completion of the course (completion of at least 80% of the course assignments) will lead to the award of a Certificate of Completion. Candidates may then wish to sit for the examination leading to the award of Diploma of Forensic Medical Sciences.

Lectures will include the following topics
  • Medico-legal aspects of disease
  • Essential forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine to include recognition and interpretation of wounds and other injuries
  • Medical and scientific investigation of fires
  • Explosions and similar causes of non-natural deaths
  • Child deaths and child abuse; Investigation of sexual offences
  • The role of the Police in investigation and their relationship to other professions
  • Comparative legal systems, court procedure, principles of law of evidence
  • The Coroner and Procurator Fiscal.
  • Coroner's Inquests and Fatal Accident Inquiries
  • The role of the Judge, of the defence and of the expert witness
  • Principles of forensic toxicology
  • Drugs and poisons including drugs of abuse and the related law;
  • Alcohol-scientific and legal aspects
  • Forensic DNA
  • Forensic Odontology
  • Investigation of mass disasters
  • Human Rights and Torture investigation
  • Forensic psychiatry

Teaching Method and Assessment 

All of the teaching materials will be delivered electronically via Blackboard virtual learning environment. Lectures with related documentation will remain accessible until the date of the Diploma examination following the course.

In order to assess that students are accessing the teaching material we also set a number of short questions from time to time relevant to each lecture. These questions are not assessed for the Diploma examination, but their purpose is to ensure engagement of the students. We also encourage the students to post questions to us on course site forum which will be answered by the relevant lecturers.

Satisfactory completion of the course (completion of at least 80% of the questions) will lead to the award of a Certificate of Completion. Candidates may then wish to sit for the examination leading to the award of Diploma of Forensic Medical Sciences.

Course Syllabus

The full course syllabus can be
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Course Fees for 2021-22:

The course fee is £ 950, payable prior to the commencement of the course.

Enrolling on the Course

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

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For further details regarding the examination please contact:

Society of Apothecaries of London

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For further details and application form please contact:

Mr Adam Konstanciak

Telephone: +44(0)20 7882 3401
Email: info@afms.org.uk
Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences
Miller House, 3 Devonshire Drive, London SE10 8LP

Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences

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