Diploma in Forensic Medicine & Science
Diploma in Forensic Medicine & Science

The Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, has been conducting a course leading to Diploma in Forensic Medicine and Science. The course is offered to lawyers, who would be in a position to benefit from an advanced knowledge of all branches of Forensic Medicine & Science.

It is designed to suit even a busy lawyer who can spare a few hours during the weekend to attend lectures, seminars and practical demonstrations.

Intake 2019/ 2020

Application Closed

The main objective of the course is to provide up-to-date, advanced and relevant knowledge in Forensic Medicine and Science to members of the legal profession

  • to enable them to have a better understanding of the interface between law and forensic medicine and science and
  • to be better equipped to evaluate and consider expert medical and scientific evidence for expeditious and efficient administration of justice.

At the completion of the course the diplomates would,

  • Know relevant medical and scientific terms and usages commonly occurring in reports, evidence and literature, and the law relevant to legal medicine and forensic sciences.
  • Understand the meanings of relevant technical terms and phrases, and be able to use them in communicating  ideas in situations where these have a bearing on the interpretation of the law, and in the effective dispensation of justice.
  • Develop the skill of interpreting medical and forensic science reports and documents, and be able to handle expert evidence effectively.
  • Know, and be able to utilize medical and scientific evidence, and also know and be sensitive to their limitations.
  • Develop attitudes of team spirit in the investigation of crime and dispensation of Justice, respect towards expertise, and build healthy interactional relationships with expert and professional witnesses.
  • Understand the nature of specified practical procedures and be able to utilize the findings/opinions regarding them in procedures of investigation, litigation and dispensation of justice.
  • Duration: 12 months & 3 months for dissertation writing
  • Credit Hours: 100
  • SQLF level: 3
  • Prcticing Lowyers and those who have first degree in Law
  • An interview and /or an entry examination may be held to select candidates
  • An examination leading to Diploma in Forensic Medicine and Science will be held at the end of the course for those who successfully complete the course.
  • All candidates should submit a dissertation consisting of 6000 – 8000 words
  • Essay examination: 50% & Dissertation: 50%
  • The participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of participation, if requested with 80% attendance.
  • Internal: 60%
  • External: 40%
  • Course Fee: Rs. 120,000/-
  • Application Fee: Rs. 1,000/-
  • Examination Fee: Rs. 5,000/-

By paying Rs. 1000/= from  any branch of Peoples Bank to be credited to the  University of Colombo under the ref. No. 3110 5220 0000. Please submit the paying-in slip to the Department when you are submitting your complete application form

Prof.Jean Perera,
Course Coordinator,
Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology

+94 112 694 016 ext. 148 / 149