Anatomy and human identification research degrees

An overview of our postgraduate research in anatomy and human identification and entry requirements for PhDs and other research degrees.

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CAHID is an award winning teaching and research centre whose staff are both REF returned and responsible for REF impact case studies. Spanning anatomy, forensic anthropology and forensic science, CAHID has a vibrant and exciting research focus and reach.

Our forensic based research generates new knowledge which impacts positively on operational forensic science practice and policy development. Our research is highly collaborative, both within the University of Dundee and externally with research partners around the Globe. This includes some of the world's leading forensic science research teams, forensic science providers and international organisations including INTERPOL, ENFSI, EUROPOL, the United Nations and the International criminal courts and commissions.

Our anatomy facility provides critical input into areas of surgical skills development and fundamental anatomical processes. We have pioneered the use of Thiel cadavers in medical and dental research and training in the UK, and have key relationships with medical device companies to test and develop their products. We are also developing augmented reality medical and anatomical educational products with industrial partners through multidisciplinary projects involving several schools in our university. 

Our current cohort of over 25 research students come from all over the world and include a mixture of part time and full time researchers, many of whom are themselves practitioners. We disseminate our research widely across the peer reviewed literature, both in domain specific and in wider scientific journals, and regularly present our work at conferences and through public engagement activities.

More information about our research can be found on the CAHID website and the School of Science and Engineering.

If you have not been in contact with a CAHID member of staff to discuss potential research topics and/or possible supervision, it is recommended to obtain further guidance from our PhD advisor, Dr Julieta Gómez García-Donas before applying through the Direct Application System.

Propose your own PhD topic

If you want to propose your PhD topic, you can use the contact details below to contact a staff member to discuss your proposal.

How to write your best postgraduate research proposal

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS (overall) Reading Listening Speaking Writing
6.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0

We also accept other English language qualifications

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

Don't meet the English language requirements?

English language programmes

Prepare for university study and benefit from extra English tuition with an English language programme.

Anatomy and Human Identification PhD tuition fees

Academic year of entry Scottish/Rest of UK fee status International fee status
Band 1 £4,786
per year of study
per year of study
Band 2 N/A £26,570
per year of study
Band 3 N/A £36,335
per year of study

Tuition fee per year of study (subject to a 3% annual increase for Scottish/Rest of UK students and a 5% annual increase for International students).

Part time study, where available, is charged on a pro-rata basis.

Scottish/Rest of UK fee status annual increase

Each year, UKRI sets a recommended fee and stipend level for Scottish/Rest of UK students, which we use as the basis for fees charged to this group.

UKRI usually increases its fee and stipend levels in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator. 

Therefore, the Scottish/Rest of UK fees detailed in this table for 2025/26 (and beyond) can only be estimated according to the typical increase. 

The fee charged to you may differ, though only slightly, from the figure given.

Apply for a research degree

You can apply for a PhD or other postgraduate research degree using our Direct Application System.

We have three start dates per academic year.

PhD Anatomy and Human Identification (Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID))

PhD Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) (part-time)

PhD Anatomy and Human Identification (Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID)) (4 Year)

PhD Anatomy and Human Identification (Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID)) (4 Year) (part time)

MSc by Research Anatomy and Human Identification (Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID))

MSc by Research Anatomy and Human Identification (Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID)) (part time)

Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (non-graduating) (research)

Science & Engineering (non-graduating) (research)

The University of Dundee welcomes applications from disabled students.