Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professional) MSc

This course is designed by Health Professionals for those who work in the field of forensic medicine. This long awaited innovation is the first forensic qualification, professionally badged by the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), providing recognition in this specialist field.

This course is a collaboration between the Faculties of Health, Science and the Law School and utilises our combined unique resources of a full size court room for assessments by qualified legal experts in providing oral evidence in court, along with a fully refurbished Crime Scene House, complete with CCTV and an observation room, where you will be assessed by forensic experts and experienced ex-police officers. The award is aimed at all nurses and healthcare professionals working in a custody, or sexual offences role. The course will be competency assessed and has been developed with consideration to the Department of Health core elements of Advanced Practice. (DH, 2010)

This award will underpin the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge to ensure practitioners work in an evidenced based manner and will fulfil the requirements to be a competent witness in court. The course will embrace the principles set by the FFLM, UKAFN, NPIA, along with other regulatory and professional bodies.

For those practitioners following the custodial pathway, the content will include PACE, Safer Detention and Handling, along with the Road Traffic Law.

For those following the sexual assault pathway, this will include competency in assessing victims of sexual assault, aftercare needs and understanding the evidence base related to sexual assault.

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

* The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

Course content

PgC (Title depends on which clinical competencies are undertaken; either Custody or Sexual Assault)

  • Introduction to Forensic Practice Core 15 credits at level 7
  • Clinical Competencies in Forensic Examination in either Custody or Sexual Assault Core 30 credits level 7
  • Professional Legal Skills for Non-Lawyers Core 15 credits at level 7

PgD (Title depends on which clinical competencies were undertaken at PgC Stage; either Custody or Sexual Assault. However, it is also possible to obtain a dual title is the student undertakes the other clinical competency module as the 2 option modules)

  • Option module one 15 credits at level 6 or 7
  • Option module two 15 credits at level 6 or 7
  • Physical Assessment Core 15 credits at level 7
  • Research Methods Pre-requisite for Dissertation/Project Based Change Module 15 credits at level 7


Project Based Change 60 credits at level 7, or

Research Dissertation

Core Modules

PgC Introduction to Forensic Practice Core 15 Credits at Level 7

Clinical Competencies in Forensic Examination in either Custody or Sexual Assault Core 30 Credits Level 7

Professional Legal Skills for Non- Lawyers Core 15 Credits at Level 7


Physical Assessment Core 15 Credits at Level 7

Research Methods Pre-requisite for Dissertation\Project Based Change Module 15 Credits at Level 7

MSc Award
January Start
Part-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Prospective students will have a first degree or equivalent recent academic work at either Masters or Degree level and must be able to identify a Preceptor in their workplace who is able to assess their clinical competencies.

The MSc is delivered on a part time basis with the option of exiting with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. You will normally enrol onto the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate you may then proceed onto the Diploma stage; on successful completion of the Diploma you may then proceed onto the Masters stage.

Apply for the PgC in Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health)

Contact the Lifelong Learning Team 01785 353766

The award is open to Health Professionals (nurses or paramedics) who work in either Custody Arenas; examining alleged offenders and\or Sexual Assault arenas, examining alleged victims of sexual assault.

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