Jared Divido - MSc Anatomy and Advanced Forensic Anthropology

The opportunity to learn from internationally respected professionals in this field has been truly remarkable.”

“Previously, I began studying Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When I started my degree I took an elective course in Forensic Anthropology and it immediately became my passion. I changed my course major at the last minute to this.

“When I was researching different forensic anthropology degrees, I came across information about the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID), at the University of Dundee.

“I looked into many options in the USA, as well as abroad but CAHID really stood out in terms of its range of facilities, the diverse research experience amongst the faculty, and the presence of a distinct forensic anthropology degree programme with the integration of human anatomy.

“I’d never travelled abroad before so it was a big step for me to leave the USA. I was a little apprehensive at first and I was unsure about whether or not I wanted to do the ‘study abroad’ experience, but I was really impressed by everything I read about CAHID, and in particular, the work of Professor Sue Black.

“I didn’t get a chance to visit Dundee before I moved here but the information on the CAHID website convinced me that it was the right place for me. The curriculum at CAHID sounded great and it has definitely lived up to my expectations.

“I felt very at home from the moment I arrived at the University of Dundee. We have a fantastic student body at CAHID and there is a very friendly and open culture. There are completely unique opportunities, such as the chance to work with Thiel embalmed cadavers, or to carry out research using the exclusive Scheuer Collection of juvenile skeletal remains.

“Since I became a student at CAHID, I’ve gained invaluable practical knowledge of forensic casework, as well as a good understanding of aspects of disaster victim identification and comparative osteology. The opportunity to learn from internationally respected professionals in this field has been truly remarkable and the small class sizes ensure that you are recognised as an individual within the department.

“The social side of here is also really great. The CAHID Society was recently established and it gives you the chance to interact with students from various degree programmes. The student population is very diverse but ultimately we are all connected by our passion for anatomy and forensic anthropology.

“My time at CAHID has given me a really strong theoretical background which I feel has prepared me well for life after the MSc. Over the summer I’ll be doing my research project and after graduation I hope to pursue a PhD in Forensic Anthropology.”