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Anatomy and Human Identification PhD

University of Dundee

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Dundee City Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

CAHID is an award winning teaching and research centre whose staff are both REF returned and responsible for REF impact case studies. Spanning anatomy, forensic anthropology and forensic science, CAHID has a vibrant and exciting research focus and reach.

Our forensic based research generates new knowledge which impacts positively on operational forensic science practice and policy development. Our research is highly collaborative, both within the University of Dundee and externally with research partners around the Globe. This includes some of the world's leading forensic science research teams, forensic science providers and international organisations including INTERPOL, ENFSI, EUROPOL, the United Nations and the International criminal courts and commissions.

Our anatomy facility provides critical input into areas of surgical skills development and fundamental anatomical processes. We have pioneered the use of Thiel cadavers in medical and dental research and training in the UK, and have key relationships with medical device companies to test and develop their products. We are also developing augmented reality medical and anatomical educational products with industrial partners through multidisciplinary projects involving several schools in our university.

Our current cohort of over 25 research students come from all over the world and include a mixture of part time and full time researchers, many of whom are themselves practitioners. We disseminate our research widely across the peer reviewed literature, both in domain specific and in wider scientific journals, and regularly present our work at conferences and through public engagement activities.

Our current research areas include:

Identification of perpetrators of child sexual abuse
Issues of biometric identity
Age estimation in the living
Extraction and detection of explosives
Visualisation and chemical enhancement of fingerprints
Chemical characterisation of burnt bone
Arc fault mapping as a tool in fire investigation
Chemical profiling of illicit drugs
Chemical characterisation of New Psychoactive Substances
Development of metabolomics database for New Psychoactive Substances incorporating poly-drug interactions
Developing a neuropharmacological understanding of New Psychoactive Substances
Improving the efficacy of smoke detectors to wake vulnerable populations
Understanding jury interpretation of expert evidence
Development of chemometric analysis and pattern recognition of complex data
Objective characterisation of striation marks and tool marks
Examination of the microstructure of bone as a tool in species and population level identification of remains
Anatomical variation and its clinical relevance
Validation of Thiel cadavers as a model for training and research
Clinical nerve mapping through anatomical and immunohistochemical methods
Alternative diagnostic methods for musculoskeletal conditions using biomechanical techniques
Investigation of the trabecular organisation of the skeleton using 3D imaging techniques
Analysis of craniofacial anatomical interrelationships
Development of preservation methods for educational prosections
Medical art for enhancing e-learning
The future of medical art and artists and developing technologies
The use of virtual and augmented reality in anatomical and medical education
The use of haptic technologies in anatomical and medical education
Development of digital artefacts and online museums.

Tuition fees

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£ 18,950per year

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University information

University of Dundee

  • University League Table

    31st

  • Campus address

    University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, Dundee, City Of, DD1 4HN, Scotland

With over 16,000 students and 3,000 staff representing around 150 different countries across the world, the University of Dundee is a truly global institution.
Dundee offers a wide range of disciplines within a friendly and integrated community, to create a unique student experience.
A range of scholarships are available to help international students get the most from their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    6th out of 39 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 225
    198 87%

    5th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%

    19th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.20 84%

    11th

    1

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