Diploma in Forensic Anthropology & Human Identification


Diploma in Forensic Anthropology

Course Details

Full Course name:
Diploma in Forensic Anthropology & Human Identification

Course Dates

Next course commencing:
30 January 2020

10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course Award

Award: City Colleges Diploma

NFQ: Not Applicable

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Delivered by Dr René Gapert, the purpose of the Diploma in Forensic Anthropology & Human Identification programme is to equip learners with a basic understanding of the fields of forensic anthropology (the scientific study of recent human remains) and human identification from a historical, theoretical and practical perspective.  In addition, the application of anthropological and diagnostic imaging methods in the analysis of the living and the dead will be considered.  At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of the different aspects of forensic anthropological work and associated specialities and their contribution to the identification process.

At the outset, students will gain knowledge regarding the basic human osteology (study of bones) and anatomical terminology used to describe the human body in the medical and scientific fields.  During the course, students will be introduced to the main scientific instruments and methods used by most forensic anthropologists world-wide and will understand the strengths and limitations of these methods.  By its conclusion, attendees will have a significant understanding of what forensic anthropology can offer the investigative authorities and how the field is developing in future.

Dr Rene GapertDr René Gapert is a freelance Consultant Forensic Anthropologist in Ireland.  He trained as a Medical Dissector/Prosector in Anatomy, Pathology and Forensic Medicine in Berlin, Heidelberg and Düsseldorf in Germany and pursued doctoral research studies in Forensic Anthropology and Human Anatomy at University College Dublin in Ireland.

He holds a Doctorate (PhD) in Forensic Anthropology and Anatomy and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Radiography from UCD.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Professional Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, a Council Member of the British Association for Human Identification and a Founder Member of the British Association for Forensic Anthropology.  He is an Accredited Forensic Anthropologist Level III under the UK Justice System.

Dr Gapert has over 20 years of experience in the dissection of the structures of the human body and 14 years of experience in the examination and analysis of human remains in forensic and historical contexts.

To date he has assisted the Coroner for County Kildare in skeletal remains examinations, the Office of the State Pathologist in Dublin and the Irish Police (An Garda Síochána) in the investigation and identification of remains retrieved from the sea, the Coroner for Belfast in Northern Ireland with trauma analysis, the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Berlin, Germany and the Berlin Police in skeletal remains analysis and the Australian Government in the analysis of indigenous remains for repatriation from Europe.   He conducts ongoing multidisciplinary research in forensic anthropology, human anatomy and human identification and has published over 18 peer reviewed research papers and case histories and contributed a co-authored case report chapter to the BAHID book Advances in Forensic Human Identification (2014).

Further information on Dr Gapert’s consultancy can be found at

Week 1 – Introduction to Forensic Anthropology & Human Identification

Week 2 – Human Osteology – I

Week 3 – Human Osteology – II

Week 4 – Bone Development and Disease

Week 5 – Human Remains Analysis – I

Week 6 – Human Remains Analysis – II

Week 7 – Forensic Anthropology – I

Week 8 – Forensic Anthropology – II

Week 9 – Osteology in Archaeology

Week 10 – Preserved Human Remains

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

Non-EU students: €1,295

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