Forensic Art & Facial Imaging MSc

School of Science and Engineering

Forensic Art is the presentation of visual information in relation to legal procedures. It encompasses subjects such as facial anthropology and identification.

Date of entry

September 2024

Start date
September 2024
12 months (full time)
Dundee City Campus

This course combines the concepts of Forensic Art and Facial Imaging.

Forensic art is the use of artistic skills to create images of people or scenes for law enforcement or legal purposes. It can be used to:

  • Identify suspects or victims
  • Reconstruct crime scenes
  • Create age progressions of missing persons
  • Help juries understand evidence

Facial imaging is the creation of images of faces. It can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Forensic identification
  • Medical diagnosis
  • Cosmetic surgery

There are many reasons why you should study MSc Forensic Art & Facial Imaging at the University of Dundee.

  • We’re 1st in the UK for Forensic Science (Complete University Guide, 2023).
  • As the first UK institution to take up the method, you’ll learn anatomy from Thiel embalmed cadavers and prosections. These cadavers are soft-fix. This means they retain real-to-life qualities, including realistic colour, tissue quality, and flexibility.

The course covers a wide range of topics including:

  • anatomy
  • observational drawing
  • anatomical illustration skills

You’ll learn the practical techniques involved in a range of forensic art applications including:

  • facial reconstruction
  • post-mortem depiction
  • age progression
  • facial composite sketching

You will use a variety of specialist hardware. These include 3D modelling software with haptic feedback styluses and 3D scanners.

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