Anatomy & Advanced Forensic Anthropology MSc

School of Science and Engineering

Learn to analyse human remains for the medico-legal purpose of establishing identity and develop your anatomy skills by carrying out full-body dissections

Date of entry

September 2020

Start date

September 2020

Duration

12 months

Study mode

Full Time

Location

Dundee City Campus

Forensic anthropology is the analysis of human remains for the medico-legal purpose of establishing identity. It plays a key role in UK and international investigations in cases of inter-personal violence and homicide, repatriation, mass disasters, and war crimes.

You will learn how forensic anthropology contributes to the analysis and interpretation of human remains. Many of our expert staff are forensic practitioners. They will help you gain the skills needed to interpret juvenile skeletal remains, produce and present forensic skeletal reports, and learn how these reports are used in the legal process.

You will also gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of gross anatomy through full body dissection of Thiel embalmed cadavers. These cadavers are soft-fix, which means they retain real-to-life qualities, including realistic colour, tissue quality, and flexibility.

You will have access to our skeletal collections helping you learn how each bone in the body forms and develops, and how this knowledge can be applied to the identification process. Our collections include:

  • the unique Scheuer collection of juvenile skeletal remains
  • the adult osteology collection
  • the animal osteology collection
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