Studying forensic anatomy in third year

auren Tomlinson BMS
Lauren Tomlinson
MBiomedSci Biomedical Science
Studied the third-year Forensic Anatomy module
Lauren chose to study the Forensic Anatomy module in third year after enjoying being introduced to human anatomy during her second year at Sheffield. From guest lectures by police investigators, to lab sessions putting identification techniques into practice, Lauren enjoyed following the same process that the experts use done to solve a case.

“During the third year of my Biomedical Science degree I was given the opportunity to study Forensic Anatomy. I opted for this module after thoroughly enjoying the Introduction To Human Anatomy module in year 2. Studying anatomy provided me with a completely different style of learning as you can really apply the theory to the lab work.

“The Forensic Anatomy module in particular was interesting due to a mixture of lecture content from archaeological and dental influences, to guest lectures from police investigators and their forensic scientists. These guest lectures provide an insight into the real world of policing and homicides that few will ever get the chance to receive; through step-by-step accounts of how they worked out the cases you get a real sense of how what you learn during the module is used to identify bodies.

These guest lectures provide an insight into the real world of policing and homicides that few will ever get the chance to receive.

Lauren Tomlinson

MBiomedSci Biomedical Science

“The labs themselves teach how to distinguish sex, age, ethnicity and potential pathologies of a person all from just their bones. It’s impressive how quickly you learn such a new field in the space of a 3-hour lab, but it’s so interesting that the new terminology and techniques are easily memorable. The coursework element is actually enjoyable too as it’s like working a case, similar to how the guest lecturers may have done it.

“I would highly recommend studying forensic anatomy as a module because forensic anatomy is anything but boring.”

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