Graduate Cert. Sexual Assault Forensic Examination

Course Features

  • Provides training for doctors to undertake child, adolescent or adult sexual assault forensic examinations.
  • Provides the skills to undertake these examinations and present the clinical findings to the courts.
  • Highly specialised course, developed and delivered by national and international experts.

Course Overview

The course will provide training for doctors to undertake sexual assault forensic examinations and will lead to the award of a postgraduate Certificate. The course will provide the basic skills to undertake these examinations and present the clinical findings to the courts.

Who Should Take This Course?

Medical practitioners who undertake examinations in cases of child, adolescent or adult female or male sexual assault.

What Will I Learn?

The course will be part-time over two semesters.

The first module will be taught with three two-day sessions, including lectures, seminars, consultation, clinical examination, report writing and courtroom skills workshops; and with self-directed learning with feedback and discussions in small groups. Course members will keep personal learning portfolios to plan, implement and assess their learning. Assessment will be by continual assessment, assessment of presentations and learning portfolios, and a written MCQ examination.

During the second module, students will observe or undertake 10 sexual assault examinations under the supervision of a Mentor, and will write-up a casebook with medico-legal commentaries under the supervision of a mentor. Assessment will be by continual assessment, assessment of the casebook and an oral examination.

Am I Eligible for this Course?

  • The course is open to registered medical practitioners who are presently, or wish to, undertake examination in cases of child, adolescent, or adult male or female sexual assault.

International Applicants

  • International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.
  • A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.

Application Details

Useful dates & information

  • The next intake for this programme is in January 2013

How to apply

  • Click on the link and follow the steps outlined. 
  • The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses, and “Admission Term” is Jan 2012-2013. 
  • Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (Grad Cert) Jan PT X262. 
  • Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the “Academic Background” section. Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”.
  • An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours. A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here. You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary.  The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.
  • If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: or telephone: + 353 1 716 1142 or 1476.

Contact Us

Programme Administrator:

Ms. Brid McCormack
UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Forensic & Legal Medicine
UCD Health Sciences Centre
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6647

Academic Course Co-ordinator:

Dr. Andrew Wilkinson
Forensic and Legal Medicine
UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 7166647

Course Fees

EU StudentsNon-EU Students 
€2,140 €6,970
  • For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.
  • Fees are correct at the time of writing and subject to change.