M.Sc. On Campus

Forensic Art and Facial Identification

University of Dundee

12 months
19900 GBP/year
9600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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During this MSc Forensic Art and Facial Identification from University of Dundee you will be taught by highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds such as anatomy, as well as experienced forensic art supervisors.



The MSc Forensic Art and Facial Identification from University of Dundee starts by giving you a strong foundation in anatomy, observational drawing, and anatomical illustration skills, before moving on to more specialised modules in the second semester.

You will go on to learn the practical techniques involved in a range of forensic art applications including facial reconstruction, post-mortem depiction, age progression, and composite facial sketching. You will use a variety of specialist hardware, including 3D scanners and haptic feedback styluses, and 3D modelling software.

You will learn anatomy from Thiel embalmed cadavers and prosections. These cadavers are soft-fix, which means they retain real-to-life qualities, including realistic colour, tissue quality, and flexibility.


We use a variety of teaching methods including:

  • lectures (both face-to-face and online)
  • practical sessions in studios, workshops and the dissection room
  • small group discussions
  • self-directed study


Skills learnt on this MSc are highly transferable to a range of science and art applications. Our alumni have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • police imaging departments
  • missing persons organisations
  • movie special effects
  • archaeological and scientific imaging
  • fine art, illustrations and sculpture
  • teaching or research
  • PhD research
  • freelance art applications

Programme Structure

Modules inlcuded:

  • Anatomy - Head and Neck
  • Research Methods
  • Anatomy – Body Systems
  • Forensic Art Techniques
  • Applications of Forensic Art
  • Life Art 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • First or upper second class honours degree in art/design or related forensic/anatomical science. 
  • A portfolio of artwork demonstrating competency across both traditional and digital media. Portofolio format:
  • One PDF document with up to 15 pages of work and one contents page
  • No more than 50MB
  • Named using your full name and student ID number e.g. MaryAnnBaxter_1234567.pdf
  • Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.

Work experience

  • Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19900 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9600 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Dundee

787 - 1494 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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