Taught course

Forensic Art and Facial Identification

University of Dundee · School of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in Art/Design or related forensic/anatomical science. All applicants must provide evidence of artwork, in the form of a portfolio on CD, which you should submit with your application. Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Forensic art encompasses a wide range of subjects, notably facial anthropology and identification, such as two and three-dimensional facial reconstruction, craniofacial superimposition, post-mortem depiction, composite art and age progression.

This highly innovative one-year taught Masters course will encompass all these fields, employing highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds alongside experienced forensic art supervisors.

Teaching methods include traditional and online lectures, practical workshops in the studio and dissecting room and small group discussions. These encourage debate around theoretical research-based solutions to current practical problems.

Taught Modules include:

  • Anatomy - Head and Neck;
  • Life Art;
  • Contemporary Media Practice;
  • Research Training;
  • Facial Analysis and Imaging;
  • Medico-legal Ethics;
  • Life Art and Portraiture;
  • Depiction and Identification of the Dead;
  • Depiction and Identification of the Living.

Plus, a dissertation resulting from a research project undertaken either at the university or as a placement.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Christopher Rynn
+44 (0)1382 386433