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

Our course provides you with training in dedicated laboratory areas with access to the skeletal collections in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID). There are is unique mix of theoretical subject matter combined with hands on practical experience which is delivered by case active academic staff who are world leaders in the field.

Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification 

The award winning staff of CAHID are among the most experienced in the UK in the fields of human identification, forensic anthropology, cranio-facial reconstruction and the study of the human body. We are regularly contacted for advice and input in high-profile forensic cases both at home and abroad and all staff who run and teach on the courses are certified by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and are case active practitioners. The cases involving our staff inform much of the our research which enables us to maintain a high profile within the forensic community.

We were 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 most highly-regarded awards for the UK's universities and colleges.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Workshops
  • Seminars

You will also have the opportunity to attend talks by invited speakers and researchers.

How you will be assessed

  • In-course essays
  • Computer marked assessments
  • Reports
  • Presentation exercises including a mock-trial scenario
  • Written and practical examinations
  • MSc Research Dissertation

What you will study

All modules are compulsory, the research dissertation can be in the form of original laboratory research or a dissertation in an area pertinent to forensic anthropology


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. If you are seeking a career in forensic anthropology, human osteology or the forensic sciences, this course will greatly increase your employment opportunities.

Where are our graduates now?

Previous graduates in Forensic Anthropology have progressed to become teachers and researchers in the field with some going on to provide their skills and services on both the national and international forensic front.

Some of our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in biomedical research, scene of crime analysis, forensic science, human biology and osteological research.

Many have chosen to enter a degree in medicine or dentistry and have found that the skills they have acquired in Forensic Anthropology stand them in good stead, particularly with regards to radiology, paediatrics, gerontology and orthopaedics.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

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




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