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Postgraduate Degree in Forensic Sciences

This degree is a postgraduate Honours degree programme in which students will be enrolled for one year. Upon successful completion of this Honours course, a “Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours (Forensic Sciences)” degree will be awarded. Students will then have the option to continue with further postgraduate studies in the Division of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, with Masters and PhD studies.

Forensic Sciences Course

The Honours course in “Forensic Sciences” aims to be a broadly based forensic sciences degree, where students are exposed to different fields of forensic science and learn how they operate.

Topics covered in the degree include:

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Investigative Psychology and Analysis
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Pathology (Brief overview)

In addition to the above topics, a research methodology course is offered, so as to support students in their research-related activities. The Division aspires to stimulate and encourage research in the rapidly advancing fields of the forensic sciences and in doing so, strives to become a research-active entity within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Forensic Science and Forensic Pathology

This Honours degree is open to all BSc and BHSc students at Wits and throughout the country. Students who pursue this Honours degree would gain a basic understanding of forensic sciences and are encouraged to specialise to be able to become experts within their field of study. Students who wish to become “Forensic Pathologists” require a MBBCh degree in Medicine, whereafter a 4 year registrar training programme in Forensic Pathology has to be successfully completed.

Forensic Toxicology - Chemistry, crime and consequences!

Toxicology is the study of the nature, effects and detection of drugs and poisons on biological systems. It involves scientific detective work investigating, analysing, assessing and interpreting results of analytical processes in order to assist legal cases. Forensic Toxicologists work with forensic pathologists, law enforcers and members of the legal fraternity in helping to establish the role of drugs, alcohol, poisons in a variety of medico-legal cases.

For further enquiries please contact: 

Mr Craig Keyes, Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology