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Forensic Art & Facial Imaging MSc

Forensic Art & Facial Imaging MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Science (Non-Medical) Art Scientific / Technical Illustration

Course type


Course Summary

Forensic artists aid in the identification or location of victims of crime, missing persons, or human remains. They help with the identification, apprehension, or conviction of criminals.

The course 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.

You'll be taught by highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds such as anatomy, as well as experienced forensic art supervisors.


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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module will provide an overview of basic human anatomy, focussing on body systems. Anatomical terminology, concepts and theories will be introduced along with a series of workshops in anatomical illustration skills. At the end of the module you should be able to understand the basic structure, function and adaptation of the human body. You should also be able to create anatomical illustrations in both traditional as well as digital media.

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

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. You should submit between 10-15 images including a number of examples from direct observation, such as life drawing or portrait sculpture. You will be invited to upload your portfolio after we receive your application. Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.