The Course comprises over 50 two-hour sessions covering a broad range of subjects, delivered by recognized forensic specialists and starting in October 2024 and ending in April 2025. Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take the Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences, which is offered by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.
The course aims to offer participants an understanding and core knowledge in forensic medicine, as well as toxicology, forensic science, and the law. All topics mentioned will be thoroughly covered by the high standard of teaching from active practitioners.
The course itself will enable students to attain 60 Continuing Professional Development Credits (CPD) regardless of whether the examination is taken.
The course will be of interest to:
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:
The course will be delivered in the form of scheduled live Zoom sessions taking place during the week on Wednesday and Friday afternoon, normally at 3-5pm. Some lectures will be delivered as a pre-recorded session. Students are encouraged to join live lectures, however this is not compulsory as the sessions will be recorded and made available via the online learning platform Moodle if students are not able to join live lectures. The recordings and supplemental documentation will remain accessible until the date of the Diploma examination following the course. We also encourage students to send us questions via email or Moodle, which will be answered by the relevant lecturers.
Students' participation will be tracked for the purposes of accomplishing the required 80% of the course by attandance taken during Zoom sessions and course site participation.
Satisfactory completion of at least 80% of the course 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.
The course fee is £1000, payable prior to the commencement of the course.
There is an additional fee for undertaking the examination. The details for this, including additional information regarding the examination, can be obtained from the Apothecaries website.
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