Educational programmes

Forensic pathologist

Becoming a forensic pathologist requires a Master’s degree in medicine (website in Danish), followed by specialist training in forensic medicine, which consists of a one-year introductory programme and a four-year medical specialist training programme.

In the Master’s degree programme in medicine, students visit the Department of Forensic Medicine, where they learn about forensic pathology, forensic chemistry and clinical forensic medicine. They also acquire knowledge of the areas of forensic genetics and forensic dentistry.

Clinical residency

Medical students in the second part of their education have the option of taking an elective clinical residency at the department in connection with a self-planned course of study. In addition, it is possible for other medical students in the second part of their education with a particular interest in the area, and who have received teaching in pathological anatomy, to take a one-day stay at the department. Medical students can also conduct research projects in collaboration with the department.

For more information: Contact State Forensic Pathologist Lene Warner Thorup Boel.

Forensic dentist

There is no formalised degree programme for forensic odontology in Denmark. If a dentist wishes to qualify for work in forensic dentistry, it requires a special course of study.
For more information: Contact Forensic Dentist Dorthe Arenholt Bindslev


Research at the Department of Forensic Medicine is carried out by three research units:

Interested in hearing more about the possibilities of taking a PhD programme?
Contact Professor Mogens Johannsen