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MSc Anatomy and Advanced Forensic Anthropology


Course Description

This one-year degree is designed for students who already hold a first degree (BA or BSc) in Forensic Anthropology or a related subject, and is intended to provide advanced training in subject areas which are germane to current professional requirements, but which are not available collectively at any other institution in the world.

Why study Anatomy & Advanced Forensic Anthropology at Dundee?

Forensic anthropology is the analysis of human remains for the medico-legal purpose of establishing identity. The discipline has adopted a pivotal role in UK and International investigations in cases of inter-personal violence and homicide, repatriation, mass disasters and war crimes.

Recent mass fatality incidents have highlighted the requirement for national and international disaster victim identification (DVI) capability, and cemented the forensic anthropologist’s role as a significant component within the multi-disciplinary response facility.

Traditionally the forensic anthropologist has dealt with human skeletal remains resulting from unexplained deaths; this professional definition is unrealistically restrictive given the multi-disciplinary nature of the demands of human identification in the twenty-first century. In particular there is a significant requirement for anatomically-trained forensic anthropologists who are competent in dealing with both soft and hard tissues in order to fulfil the requirements of DVI deployment.

Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification

This course is taught within the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identfication (CAHID) and is located in the Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Prof Sue Black heads the Centre, she was awarded an OBE for her International Human Identification work from mass graves and co-authored Developmental Juvenile Osteology and The Juvenile Skeleton.

The award-winning staff of this Centre are amongst the most experienced in the UK in the fields of human identification, forensic anthropology, craniofacial identification and the study of the human body.

The core remit of the Centre is the study of anatomy. The Centre delivers high quality anatomy teaching at all levels, via whole body dissection which allows students to develop a sound knowledge of the human body. The Centre relies on the generosity of donors for the ability to teach students to the highest standard possible.

The Centre was awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in November 2013. Presented in recognition of 'world class excellence', the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are among the

Aims of the Programme

The aim of this programme is to provide training in anatomically-based forensic anthropology, and specifically to provide advanced training in musculoskeletal anatomy, juvenile osteology, comparative forensic osteology and DVI training.

What you will study

Course Structure:
This is a one year full time taught Masters programme in which all modules are compulsory. The research dissertation can be in the form of original laboratory research in an area pertinent to anatomy and forensic anthropology.

Human Gross Anatomy (Semesters 1 & 2):
Provides the opportunity to conduct whole body dissection, with particular emphasis on functional and musculoskeletal anatomy
Exposure to human form and function with direct relevance to the identification process
Only institution in the UK offering the opportunity to dissect cadavers which have been embalmed using the Thiel soft-fix method, which provides life-like preservation of the soft tissues.

Developmental Juvenile Osteology (Semester 1):
Focuses on the development of the human juvenile skeleton as a means to understanding adult skeletal form
Through practical examination, each bone of the body will be studied from its embryological origin, through key developmental milestones, until the attainment of its adult form
Practical sessions will focus on the unique Scheuer collection of juvenile skeletal remains.
Forensic Anthropology as Expert Evidence

Covering the more specialised skills including forensic anatomy, trauma analysis and age estimation in the living this module will cover the skills required to present your analyses in a court of law.

Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) training (Semesters 1 & 2):
Provides a thorough understanding of the DVI process in the UK and abroad
Developed by experienced practitioners, it is based on the National DVI Training course for the UK DVI team
Delivers a robust theoretical underpinning for anyone undertaking DVI work on a practical basis.

MSc Research Project (Semester 3):
Students will undertake an advanced level practical project supervised by a research-active practitioner
CAHID staff have significant experience in many areas of forensic human identification, including juvenile osteology, facial anthropology, facial reconstruction, age assessment in the living and dead, analysis of sexual dimorphism and ancestry, soft tissue biometric systems, human provenance, skeletal pathology and trauma, and virtual anthropology

How you will be assessed

A variety of assessment methods will be employed including practical spot exams, online assessment and traditional essay based examination.

Careers

There is a significant requirement for anatomically-trained forensic anthropologists who are competent in dealing with both soft and hard tissues in order to fulfill the requirements of DVI deployment. This degree will train individuals to be competent in specialist areas of anatomy and forensic anthropology.

Visit the MSc Anatomy and Advanced Forensic Anthropology page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

D’Arcy Thompson Scholarship - Single Award

£1,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee for international students entering with a first class honours degree.This scholarship commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson CB FRS FRSE in 2010

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

International applicants for a PG course in the College of Life Sciences, School of Learning & Teaching, entering with a first class honours degree, starting September 2011 or January 2012

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the College of Life Sciences, School of Learning & Teaching at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.Closing date 1st July 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/lifesci.htm


(Scholarship)

Dean's Merit Award - Single Award

£3,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee for international students. This award is not necessarily about the best student, but about need and best fit with the ethos and aims of the College. The award may be split amongst several worthy candidates.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000

Eligibility

International applicants for a PG course in the College of Life Sciences, School of Learning & Teaching, starting Sept 2011 or Jan 2012.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the College of Life Sciences, School of Learning & Teaching at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not. Closing date 1st July 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/lifesci.htm


(Scholarship)

5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 20+ Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/lifesci.htm


(Scholarship)

Thomas Carnelley Scholarships - 5 Awards

£500 Scholarship towards tuition fee for Home/EU University of Dundee graduates entering with a first class honours degree who are not in receipt of SAAS postgraduate award.Thomas Carnelley was the first Professor of Chemistry at the University College, Dundee

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500

Eligibility

For Home/EU University of Dundee graduates with a First class honours degree that are not in receipt of SAAS postgraduate award applying for a PG course in the College of Life Sciences, School of Learning & Teaching, starting September 2011 or January 2012.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the College of Life Sciences, School of Learning & Teaching at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not. Closing date 1st July 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/lifesci.htm



Entry Requirements

A degree at 2:1 or above (or equivalent) in osteology, physical anthropology, forensic anthropology, anatomy or a related subject. Alternatively an ability to demonstrate considerable experience in a relevant field will be required.[[English Language Requirement]]IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), 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.

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