Forensic & Medical Art











The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification provides specialist services and training in medical and forensic art and facial identification. It is also involved in research across these fields.

Medical Art is the depiction of anatomy, medical science, pathology and surgery. This may include illustrations, diagrams, 3D models or animations for use in medical education, specialist training, public communication, medico-legal evidence and medical research.

First university in the UK to run postgraduate course

Dundee was the first UK university to run a postgraduate qualification in Medical Art and has lead the field in relation to medical visualisation. Tutors are qualified, registered and practising medical artists.
In addition, CAHID offers human dissection study with a high level of realism in colour, texture and movement and this enables optimal depiction and understanding of anatomical structures.

Forensic Art encompasses a wide range of subjects, including craniofacial anthropology and identification, traditional and virtual-sculptural forensic facial reconstruction, craniofacial superimposition, postmortem 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

Qualified and experienced forensic practitioners

The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification is the only place in the world with a postgraduate qualification in Forensic Art and the only place where craniofacial identification is taught as a specialisation. Tutors are qualified and experienced forensic practitioners.


The FAST and efficient international disaster Victim IDentification (FASTID) Project was launched with FP7 EU funding in collaboration with Interpol, Plassdata, Crabbe Consulting, Fraunhofer Institute and BundesKriminalamt.  

It will establish an international system to manage inquiries concerning missing persons and unidentified bodies in   the event of disasters as well as day-to-day policing. It will result in the creation of a global Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies (MPUB) database. Our involvement is with craniofacial identification and the processes necessary to identify mass fatalities using human remains and passport-style ante-mortem images of missing people.

Our research group collaborates frequently with Museums and the media, especially relating to craniofacial depiction of people from the past.

We also have research collaborations with the Anthropological Research Facility at University of Tennessee; Department of Psychology at the University of Texas, El Paso; the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI).