“I’m from Burlington, Ontario in Canada, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons). Before applying to study an MSc I had achieved a one year certificate in Forensic Investigative Studies, completed a field school in mortuary archaeology, and I had also taken a few anthropology related short courses in the US.
“When I decided to look into forensic MSc programmes, I remembered that when I in the US, I’d met a girl who had been an undergraduate at CAHID. I contacted her and she told me that the department was fantastic. The more research I did, the more convinced I became that CAHID was where I wanted to continue my education.
“The MSc in Anatomy and Advanced Forensic Anthropology is very hands on. There is a lot of laboratory based work and I feel that this is an especially great way to learn. The combination of lectures and practical work is definitely one of the best aspects of this course.
“CAHID is a very welcoming place. The faculty and PhD students are very friendly, and have provided me with advice throughout the entirety of the programme. As a student here you have access to outstanding facilities, including the Scheuer Collection which is a unique repository of juvenile bones.
“Before moving to Dundee, I’d always been attracted to the adventure of studying abroad. My first impression of the city was that it was very different to Ontario, but different in a really good way. I like the fact that Dundee has varied architecture and that it’s an easy place to travel from if you want to visit different places in the UK.
“If you’re an international student moving to Dundee, definitely take advantage of your chance to explore other parts of the country, as well as elsewhere in Europe. I’ve visited London and Spain for a few days, and I recently went on a weekend trip to the Highlands. You can easily find cheap tours geared towards students and the University’s international student society is great at organising trips.
“My experience of studying here couldn’t have been more positive. As for the future, I know that I want to do a PhD in Forensic Anthropology at some point. My advice to prospective students is, don’t be put off from applying to this MSc if you don’t have a background in anatomy. This was the situation that I was in when I started the course.
“As long as you’re passionate about forensic anthropology, and you have a thirst to learn more about anatomy, then this degree could be great for you. I can’t believe how much I have learnt over the duration of the MSc. I now feel very knowledgeable in this field, and that’s a really good and rewarding feeling.”