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MSc Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

MSc Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeology Anthropology Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type


Course Summary

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.


Forensic archaeology is an expanding international field. Upon completion of the course you will join other BU graduates who are acknowledged as some of the most experienced forensic archaeologists in the field.

This will open up a wide range of career prospects for you, and you could end up work anywhere in the world examining crime scenes, mass graves & disasters and educating other researchers in new forensic science approaches.

Different course options

Full time | Talbot Campus | 12 months | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Gain the necessary experience, theoretical understanding and practical skills for presenting subject specific material to the courts. You'll become trained in expert witness and courtroom skills, legal and practical aspects of evidence and gain an understanding of pre-trial duties, courtroom procedures, lawyers? requirements, and preparing and structuring the expert witness? report. This unit will be delivered through a combination of lectures, training in court room skills and practical exercises involving simulated forensic investigations.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are a bachelor’s honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject. Required subjects include: Archaeology, Forensic Science, Forensic Investigation, Biological Sciences or Biological Anthropology.

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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