University of the Free State Department of Forensic Science

Who is the Department of Forensic Medicine?


The responsibilities of the University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Forensic Medicine include:

  • The performance of all medico legal autopsies in the central and southern regions of the Free State Province.
  • We provide a referral forensic service for the Free State, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, as well as Lesotho.
  • Act as forensic consultants to the Department of Justice, the South African Police Services and the Departments of Health of the Free State, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape Provinces.
  • Provide expert testimony in court and act as assessors.
  • Provide forensic training for undergraduate and post graduate medical, nursing and law students at the University of the Free State.
  • Participate in the provision of a clinical forensic service in the Bloemfontein area.


We train students in MMed: Specialisation in Forensic Medicine

Forensic Medicine – MMed (Forensic Medicine)

Part I: Basic Modules: ANMG7900 Anatomy 60 credits
PHMM7900 Physiology (Medicine) 60 credits
NAMA7903 Research Methodology 12 credits
MGPV7900 Health Care Practice Attendance


Part II: Subsidiary Modules MANF7900 Anatomical Pathology 152 credits

Part III: Major Modules: MGGN7900 Forensic Medicine (including
Clinical Forensic Medicine, Toxicology and Medical Law) 252 credits

NAMB7900 Mini-dissertation 64 credits

Residency (RES): Five years, two of which will be in Anatomical Pathology and three in Forensic Medicine.


(i) MMed (Forensic Medicine): After a student has passed the Part I assessment, at least 24 months must elapse before Part II of the examination may be written.

(ii) The sequence of the residency periods will be decided on after consultation with the relevant Heads of Departments.

(iii) A pass mark must be obtained for continuous formative and summative clinical and academic assessment prior
to admission to the Part II (final) examination.

Residency (RES): Five years.


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