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Certificate of Achievement

Madeline Dyer

has completed the following course:

Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr. X

The University of Sheffield

This online course traced the investigation of a real crime case, revealing how forensic science techniques are used to determine the identity of human remains. In particular, the course focused on forensic facial reconstruction as a powerful tool for identification. Learners were introduced to skills necessary for conducting a facial reconstruction; from interpreting the features of a skull to understanding the anatomy of the face.

2 weeks, 2 hours per week


Dr Katherine Linehan

Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead for Human Anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Science

The University of Sheffield


Learning outcomes

  • Summarise the context and applications of facial reconstruction within the study of Forensic Anatomy.
  • Identify basic information about a person from their skeleton and in particular, their skull.
  • Describe the key muscle groups of the face.


  • An introduction to the study of Forensic Anatomy.
  • How to analyse a skull to determine a person’s sex and ethnicity.
  • The circumstances under which a facial reconstruction would be necessary.
  • The key muscles groups of the face and the order in which they are applied to a skull in a facial reconstruction.
  • How the facial reconstruction method relates to the broader field of forensic work.

Issued on 19th February 2018

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Free online course:

Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr. X

The University of Sheffield