The Centre research includes three disciplines; anatomy, human identification and forensic/medical art.  

Main Research Interests

Anatomy research covers a number of areas including:

We have research collaborations with the Cukurova University Balcali-Adana in Turkey to study Skull morphology, with the Institute for Medical Science and Technology at the University of Dundee involving the use of Thiel cadavers in medical device development and interventional radiology research and training, and with the Institute for Academic Anaesthesia and Medical Physics in Ninewells Hospital to research the use of Thiel cadavers in Ultrasound-guided Regional Anaesthesia.

Human identification research covers a number of subject areas including:

We collaborate with the Universities of Southampton, Warwick, Bath, Leicester and Kent on the Super identity project, the Netherlands Forensic Institute, Prof Gordon Cook at SUERC in relation to isotopes, Prof Fiona Raitt (Law) re recent funding for workshops on Scots law of evidence, Prof Niamh NicDaeid (Strathclyde) re recent funding for workshops on investigation of fires, Applied Computing Department for our vein pattern research. The FAST and efficient international disaster Victim IDentification (FASTID) Project was launched with FP7 EU funding in collaboration with Interpol, Plass data, Crabbe Consulting, Fraunhofer Institute and BundesKriminalamt.  It established an international system to manage inquiries concerning missing persons and unidentified bodies in the event of disasters as well as day-to-day policing and resulted in the creation of a global Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies (MPUB) database. 

Forensic/Medical Art research includes craniofacial research relating to CCTV identification, post-mortem decomposition, ancestry determination, craniofacial reconstruction, transsexual changes, preserved bodies and facial animation. We are also interested in medical visualisation research relating to virtual dissection, medical education and anatomical variation.
The FAST and efficient international disaster Victim IDentification (FASTID) Project involved a craniofacial identification element establishing the processes necessary to identify mass fatalities using human remains and passport-style ante-mortem images of missing people.
We also have a research collaboration with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and lead the Digital Human Research Group with Dr Chris Rowland.
Our research group collaborates frequently with Museums and the media, especially relating to craniofacial depiction of people from the past. Examples of this would be depictions of:

We also have research collaborations with the:

  • Catholic University of Leuven;
  • The Anthropological Research Facility at University of Tennessee;
  • Department of Dental Science at the University of Sao Paulo;
  • Department of Psychology at the University of Texas, El Paso;
  • the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI);
  • and the Dental Science Research Institute, Chonnam National University, Korea.

Some of our work is presented in Axis, our online journal for postgraduate and undergraduate student research in the fields of anatomy, forensic anthropology, forensic/medical art, and human identification.

We offer one, three and four year research based degrees in all our subject areas. PhD students in our Greenhouse scheme provide up to 15 hours anatomy demonstrating as part of their funding agreement.

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in any other component, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

Fees & Funding

Information on PhD positions in CAHID can be found on the CAHID website or PhD Studentships page

Please visit our Fees & Funding webpages for general postgraduate research funding information.

How to Apply

To apply for a research degree, use the online system UKPASS. You may wish to visit our How to Apply webpage first for more information on what you should submit as part of your application.

You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply here:

Referee form and guidance and be found on the postgraduate How To Apply page


Professor Niamh Nic Daeid
+44 (0)1382 384560

PhD Fees