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Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation MSc

Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation MSc

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Full time | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 13 months | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


13 months

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Kinds Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type


Course Summary

Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation represents an important and relevant area of study. On this course, you will learn about the evidence that genocide and mass violence leaves behind as well as the cutting-edge forensic techniques used to locate and record it.

The MSc Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation is a diverse and versatile programme of study which offers the opportunity to:

  • Gain detailed knowledge about forensic archaeological investigations of genocide.
  • Gain and apply practical skills in the investigation of genocide and mass violence via participation in fieldwork as part of an active research project.
  • Complete a detailed research project relating to a range of topics concerning genocide and mass violence.
  • Undertake interdisciplinary sessions alongside academics and specialists in Archaeology and Genocide Studies, History, International Relations, Geography, Media and Film, Computer Games Design and Visualisation.

The course provides a solid foundation for doctoral study and an opportunity for a career in archaeology, conflict and genocide studies, forensic investigation, Holocaust studies, international relations, and a range of other associated fields.

The course offers a unique opportunity to gain a wide range of practical and analytical skills and to participate in valuable career enhancement opportunities - such as fieldwork on active research projects.

The MSc is for students opting for a science-based dissertation, for example this could be a site-based field investigation or a technological-based analysis of multiple sites.

On successful completion of study, we will issue you with a MSc Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation.


On this course, you will learn via a combination of lectures, seminars, practical exercises and fieldwork opportunities. Independent study also makes up an important part of the course. Tutors will provide supporting materials and formative and summative assessments to help you.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are.


There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Formal assessments will include poster presentations, essays, fieldwork reports and a dissertation.


After completing the Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation MA/MSc, you’ll be equipped with transferable skills attractive to employers. These can be adapted to a range of professions including:

  • Archaeology
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Human Rights Work
  • Law Enforcement
  • Academia
  • Armed forces
  • Security services

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you will be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.


Develop your competency through professional practice. On this module, you will study and gain practical experience of the wide range of methodologies used to investigate sites of genocide and mass violence. Taught by specialists in their field, you will learn about a range of state of the art technologies using in search, recovery and post-excavation, and apply them in mock scenarios.

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Entry requirements

Honours degree of 2:1 or above, or relevant professional experience, in a related area.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with leading industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. With a history dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Staffordshire University gained its university status in...more

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