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Anatomy and Human Identification

Recent anatomy research topics include: analysis of bone growth and development by looking at the trabecular organisation of the developing ischium, sacrum and scapula; analysis of superficial vein patterns; the distribution pattern of cutaneous nerves on the dorsum of the hand; morphology of the glenoid and acetabular fossae, including the labra; the morphology of the coracoacromial ligament; the effect of Thiel embalming on tissue structure; the validation of Thiel cadavers as a model for training and research in areas such as ultrasound guided regional anaesthetics and interventional radiology. Recent human identification research topics include: identification of age from the living, which has particular relevance to asylum seekers and refugees; analysis of vein patterns, for the purposes of identification from photographs; general aspects of identification from the hand (ISEC); body modification analysis, for the purposes of identification; remote anthropology reporting; complementarity of data recording for DVI purposes (FP7); investigation of super identity (EPSRC).

Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Master's degree in a relevant discipline. English language requirement: IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in any other component, if your first language is not English.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time - 12 months
PhD Full-time - 36 months
PhD with Integrated Study Full-time - 48 months

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01382 384560