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Forensic Art and Facial Identification MSc

Forensic Art and Facial Identification MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Science (Non-Medical) Diagnostic Imaging

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides training and expertise at the cutting-edge of the forensic art profession. It supports transition from undergraduate study to professional practice in contemporary forensics. Forensic Art encompasses a wide range of subjects, including craniofacial anthropology and identification, traditional and virtual-sculptural forensic facial reconstruction, craniofacial superimposition, post-mortem depiction, composite art and artificial age-progression. Forensic Facial Identification entails the study of facial analysis and comparison through standardised facial photography, CCTV and 3D imaging, morphological analysis of the skull and face, craniofacial anthropometry, eyewitness evidence, the cognitive interview and forensic facial composite production. This highly innovative taught MSc will encompass these fields, employing highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds alongside experienced forensic artists. This course will provide professional training to underpin your first degree. You will enter employment at the leading edge of your discipline. There are various career opportunities in forensic art and facial identification. They will depend on individual background and interests.

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Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module will provide an overview of the anatomical structures of the head and neck. You will learn anatomy through practical sessions in the Dissection Room and Anatomy Museum. Anatomical terminology, concepts and theories will be introduced along with workshops in anatomical facial sculpture. At the end of the module you should be able to understand the structure, function and adaptation of the human craniofacial complex.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need first or upper second class honours degree in Art/Design or related forensic/anatomical science. Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.