On Saturday 22 January 2000, two men found a small holdall, abandoned on an industrial estate in the north of Sheffield. Upon opening the bag they made a gruesome discovery.

A badly decomposed body.

Who was this person? Why did they die? Where had the body been stored all of this time? Were they murdered? And if so, by whom?

Solving the mystery of Mr X

On this free online course, you’ll learn alongside the experts within the Department of Biomedical Science at The University of Sheffield, who worked to determine the identity of Mr X.

You’ll discover the forensic science techniques that were used to identify the body and understand the circumstances surrounding their death.

Learn about forensic facial reconstruction

Facial reconstruction is an invaluable investigative tool in both historical and forensic work.

On this course, we’ll introduce you to the skills necessary for conducting a facial reconstruction; from interpreting the features of a skull to understanding the anatomy of the face.

With very few people trained and experienced in facial reconstruction, we’ll also talk to experts to find out how this method relates to the broader field of forensic work.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in how forensic anatomy and facial reconstruction can assist police investigations. No prior qualifications in forensic science or other disciplines are required.Students and practitioners in the fields of archaeology, anatomy, and anthropology may gain valuable insights into the use of anatomy expertise in forensic work that they can apply to their study and work in the field.

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