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Forensic Anthropology MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biological Anthropology Forensic Medical Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is concerned with the application of biological anthropological techniques to the analysis of human skeletal remains within a legal context and provides a vital suite of expertise and skills that can be applied to answer both modern and archaeological questions. Specialist anthropological skills can contribute, not only to our understanding of the past, but also to the effective investigation of serious incidents in the modern world, particularly murder, genocide and human rights violations within the constraints of the criminal justice system. Such skills have also proved increasingly useful in recent years in the wake of mass disasters, both natural and man-made. We adopt a team approach to teaching, with each full-time human osteologist having their own specialisms. Other staff have expertise in relevant related subjects including forensic archaeology, crime scene investigation, forensic entomology, law and expert witness testimony, backed up by a team of specialist technicians. We are also one of very few universities to offer you the chance to undertake a simulated mass grave exercise as part of your Master’s degree. Your learning is further aided by our extensive skeletal collections, spanning the last 5,500 years, as well as a large and varied teaching cast collection.

We are looking for students who are keen to develop their intellectual skills by gaining a solid grounding in a range of aspects of biological anthropology and its specific application in forensic contexts. We particularly encourage applications from people who have an enthusiasm for developing critical thinking and observational skills and who would like to develop these skills with a view to working within a wider multidisciplinary team. Such qualities comprise transferable skills that appeal to a range of employers. Students on this degree course will typically have backgrounds in archaeology or forensic science. Careers: Most of our Forensic Anthropology graduates embark on a career in teaching or future research, however there are many and varied professional opportunities. Specialist anthropological skills can contribute not only to our understanding of the past, but also to the effective investigation of serious incidents in the modern world such as both natural and man-made mass disasters. Forensic Anthropology graduates can therefore enjoy a wide range of career opportunities in a range of disciplines.

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Full time | Talbot Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

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Full time


1 year

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Develop your expertise in research methods, data collection, analysis, interpretation and synthesis, and explore in detail core aspects of your subject area to generate new practical or theoretical insights. You'll develop methodological, research, presentation and advanced communication skills by producing an extensive dissertation or report on your research.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject that includes an element of science and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience; For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. If they lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience.

University information

Based by the sea in south-west England, just two hours from London by train, Bournemouth University offers over 90 taught Master’s courses as well as many research programmes. 16% of its students are in postgraduate study, meaning you’ll be joining a thriving postgrad community. The University has four academic faculties, divided into numerous individual schools: Health & Social Sciences Departments: Human Sciences & Public Health,...more

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