Forensic Anthropology & Archaeology (MSc)

Bournemouth University the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 6500 per total

How you will study

Course starts
September, January

International course fees
GBP 1500 per total

All study options

About Forensic Anthropology & Archaeology at Bournemouth University

Forensic Anthropology is a division of biological anthropology that is concerned with the analysis of human skeletal remains from forensic contexts, whilst Forensic Archaeology encompasses the application of archaeological principles and methods, within the constraints and framework of the criminal justice system.

You can select one of two specialist award titles: 

  • MSc Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology (Osteology) 
  • MSc Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology (Search & Recovery) 

These two subjects function as complementary areas of expertise in investigations of human remains encountered in modern contexts relating particularly to crime, conflict, human rights violations, and disasters. During recent years international investigations of disasters, human rights violations and genocide have brought a growing demand for skilled practitioners who can contribute towards the recovery and identification of unknown victims and the determination of the cause of their deaths. Such skills have also been increasingly utilised to identify and investigate human remains recovered from forensic contexts relating to domestic criminal activity, particularly in North America, but with a steady growth in recognition globally. 

Core to the course is the understanding of legal issues and constraints, management and process of the investigative system and the professional skills enabling evidence to be presented to the Courts. You will also cover the post mortem fate of human remains, the location and recovery of skeletonised remains and the adaptation and application of biological anthropology to the context of individuals, rather than sample populations.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptember, JanuaryDomestic course feesGBP 6500 per totalInternational course feesGBP 1500 per total

Notes about fees for this course

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Entry requirements

Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject. Required subjects: Archaeology, Forensic Science, Forensic Investigation, Biological Sciences or Biological Anthropology.

If English is not your first language, you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above with a minimum of 5.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading.

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