Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professional)

Our Advanced Forensic Practice MSc is the first course in the UK that meets the United Kingdon Association of Forensic Nurses and Paramedics (UKAFN) Advanced Standards in Education and Training (ASET) within forensic practice. The ASET standard is also badged by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM). Our course is designed by and for health professionals, who are tasked with forensically examining alleged victims of sexual assault, gathering and recording evidence for court. With court cases relying on forensic evidence, there's an increasing need for health professionals such as nurses to carry out forensic examinations of alleged victims of sexual assaults. This innovative Masters course provides an in-depth training and understanding of how to gather and record relevant forensic evidence, which can be presented in court. You'll be provided with the fundamental principles of forensic science along with being assessed in giving oral and written evidence for court. The course has been designed for and by health professionals in collaboration with experts from our School of Law. You'll be able to take advantage of our unique facilities, including a full-size mock courtroom, and a crime scene house with CCTV and an observation room. The course runs in parallel with our Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professional) - MSc, with opportunities to choose modules from either route in your second year to obtain a dual qualification.

Entry requirements

MSc: You'll need a first degree or equivalent recent academic work at either Masters or degree level. You must be employed in an organisation where you are tasked with undertaking forensic examinations of alleged victims of sexual assault victims You'll need to identify a Preceptor (Assessor) in your workplace who's able to assess your clinical competencies. You must hold an appropriate registration with either the HCPC or the NMC with at least 4 years post registration if a nurse or 2 years if a Paramedic.

Course modules

Modules include: Introduction to Forensic Practice, Advanced Forensic Clinical Practice (Sexual Assault), Professional Legal Skills for Non-Lawyers, Principles of Physical Assessment, Research Methods or Methodologies and Dissertation.

Assessment methods

There are two types of assessments, also called formative and summative. You'll have formal assessments at the end of each module - these might include practice (practical) assessments, essays, exams, portfolios or Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) that contribute to your final mark. Your competencies will also be assessed in your practice areas.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time January 2020 2,535 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 Years
MSc Part-time January 2020 2,535 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time January 2020 2,535 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 Years
MSc Part-time January 2020 2,535 per Year 1 (England) 3 Years
MSc Part-time January 2020 2,535 per Year 1 (EU) 3 Years
MSc Part-time January 2020 2,535 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Staffordshire University (Stafford Campus) ST18 0AD West Midlands

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