“Before coming to Dundee, I gained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biological Anthropology at the University of Toronto.
“When I started my online search for forensic anthropology postgraduate courses, I came across the University of Dundee. I was really impressed by the type of work carried out at CAHID and I got the impression that this course would involve a lot of practical experience which really appealed to me.
“I’d looked at many other universities, especially in the US, but most of them offered courses that were particularly osteologically oriented or purely focused on anthropology. I wanted to study a course that incorporated an anatomy component so I was really drawn to the dual nature of this MSc.
“When I was in high school I spent a semester at a boarding in Scotland, so I knew that I could survive Scottish winters! I visited Dundee during the summer before I enrolled. The city struck me as being a very friendly place. I also liked that it had a rich and varied history, which was something that I wasn’t that used to as many cities in Canada are relatively new.
“The MSc in Anatomy and Advanced Forensic Anthropology is definitely a good balance between the two disciplines. A lot of the material for various modules overlaps, so I feel that I’ve gained a very cohesive perspective of these subjects.
“As a student at CAHID, I was always aware that members of staff are still highly active in the field of forensic anthropology casework. People here are constantly involved in projects that have a positive impact on society, and the academics you learn from and work with, really are at the forefront of their fields.
“I’m very excited about life after university. The department helped me to secure a five week placement at the Netherlands Forensic Institute, based at The Hague. It’s a great opportunity and I really appreciate that the department takes the time to help graduates with their next step.”