Forensic Methods of Identification - SE816

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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7 15 (7.5) DR C Deter







This module is largely a practical based module where students learn and practice methods of human identification, specifically methods used to build a biological profile, estimate age at death, biological sex, and stature. This module will run alongside Advanced Human Osteology and Anatomy, so as specific bone identification is being taught, relevant identification methods will correspond. Students will learn how to identify multiple number of individuals, DVI, and be introduced to the most up-to-date biometric identification methods and the varied reasons why identification of the living and the dead is vital in criminal investigations.


This module appears in:

Contact hours



Autumn term

Method of assessment

Lab notebook (60%), 2500 word essay

Indicative reading

Thompson, T., & Black, S. (Eds.). (2006). Forensic human identification: An introduction. CRC Press.
Mallett, X., Blythe, T., & Berry, R. (Eds.). (2014). Advances in forensic human identification. CRC Press.
Meier-Augenstein, W., (2010), Stable Isotope Forensics: An Introduction to the Forensic Application of Stable Isotope Analysis. Wiley-Blackwell.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will:
1 be able to apply complex methods used to identify human remains, both hard and soft tissue.
2 have a systematic understanding about current research methods in biometric human identification.
3 have a systematic understanding about the complex knowledge necessity for human identification in different investigational circumstances.

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