Postgraduate Students


Postgraduate training for previously qualified medical practitioners and who hold joint appointment on the shared staff establishment of the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health and the University of Pretoria as medical registrars / residents, comprises a four year residency / training programme. The programme includes extensive theoretical and practical training in the fields of pharmacology / toxicology, physiology, anatomy, molecular pathology, forensic and anatomical pathology, and research methodology. Upon successful completion, the degree of Master of Medicine in the field of forensic pathology is conferred, which allows the practitioner to register as a specialist forensic pathologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


BSc(Hons) and MSc in Medical Criminalistics


Students who have completed an undergraduate BSc-degree in biomedical sciences, with appropriate preparatory subjects, are admitted to fulltime or parttime study in the field of medical criminalistics. Whilst the focus is on exposing the biomedical graduate to the field of forensic medicine, an opportunity is also provided to interact and participate in the full scope of medico-legal investigation of death – including attendance at death / crime scenes, visiting police and other forensic laboratories (such as chemistry / toxicology, odontology and anthropology laboratories). In addition, students conduct or participate in research in the field of forensic medicine or pathology.

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