Forensic Anthropology

You'll gain in depth knowledge of the human body to analyse and identify human remains for medical and legal purposes

Apply Now

Key Facts

bookmark_border

Degree

BSc (Hons) Forensic Anthropology

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

date_range

Start Dates

Degree Overview

Forensic anthropology is the analysis of human remains for medicolegal (medical and legal) purposes. This includes establishing identity, investigating suspicious deaths and identifying victims of mass disasters.

It is a specialised area of forensic science that requires detailed anatomical and osteological training. Identifying the deceased is critical to the successful outcome of all legal investigations.

During your first two years, you’ll study modules within the School of Life Sciences. This gives you a solid understanding of physiology, biochemistry and related biomedical sciences.

As the degree progresses, you’ll develop a sound knowledge of the human body from the early stages of development to adult form. You’ll learn full body dissection on our Thiel embalmed cadavers and understand the practical methods central to anatomy. You’ll focus on skeletal anatomy and begin to learn how the analysis of the skeleton fits within medicolegal investigation.

We were the first UK university to use this embalming system in our teaching. This maintains the fascial layers between structures, is highly flexible and retains lifelike colour and consistency.

It also benefits your learning in becoming a forensic practitioner, as the identification of the deceased relies heavily on not only hard tissue like the skeleton, but also soft tissue information.

Apply Now
Important
  • This course will be taught at the Dundee School of Science and Engineering.

Why Study this Degree

Dundee University was the first UK university to use this embalming system in our teaching. This maintains the fascial layers between structures, is highly flexible and retains lifelike colour and consistency.

Our graduates in forensic anthropology have gone on to pursue careers in areas such as: biomedical science scene of crime analysis forensic science investigation osteological research radiology paediatrics orthopaedics

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

Learn more about International Year Zero

University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.