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Forensic Osteology and Field Recovery Methods - MSc

Forensic Osteology and Field Recovery Methods - MSc

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Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

25-SEP-23

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Orthopedics Biological Anthropology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This new MSc programme equips you with the ability to excavate and analyse human remains.

Overview

Learn the practical skills needed to recover human remains in the field. Gain the theoretical knowledge needed to reconstruct biological profiles from hard tissue, supported by laboratory based training.

You learn from a team of internationally respected academics with extensive professional experience. You have the opportunity to access one of the largest human skeletal collections in the UK, with extensive skeletal pathology and accompanying radiographs. The collection is curated by the Skeletal Biology Research Centre, in the School's Human Osteology Research Laboratory.

The programme is suited for students from a wide range of BA and BSc backgrounds. This MSc will provide a firm foundation for continued work, or PhD research, in anthropology, archaeology and related forensic fields.

Teaching and assessment

Modules are taught using a variety of methods including practical based modules taught in the field, lectures and seminars, demonstration, group projects, weekly bone quizzesand practical lab sessions that are supported through textbooks. Current journal articles on methodologies and theories support both the labs and lectures.

Assessment will be though practical demonstrations during lab sessions, lab reports, independent and group course work exercises and research dissertations.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • Provide an excellent standard of higher education.
  • Provide teaching informed by research and scholarship.
  • Develop a sound knowledge of laboratory-based scientific methods, and other skills, which will be of value within forensic osteology, but can also be transferred to archaeology, biological anthropology, and bioarchaeology.
  • Develop an awareness of professional and ethical standards and practices.
  • Attain a deep knowledge, and experience of, techniques relevant to forensic osteology, as well as their practical application.
  • Critical awareness of, and engagement with, current research methods and techniques.
  • Develop the ability to learn independently.
  • Prepare students for employment, or further post-graduate doctoral study in Forensics, Biological Anthropology, and Archaeology.
  • Provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable, involve realistic workloads, based within a practical framework, with appropriate support for students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Provide high quality teaching in a supportive environment with appropriately qualified and trained staff.

Careers

Higher degrees in forensic anthropology create opportunities in many employment sectors including academia, archaeology, police sector, the civil service and non-governmental organizations through work in areas such as human rights. A forensic anthropology degree also develops interpersonal and intercultural skills, which make our graduates highly desirable in any profession that involves working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Modules

This module will teach students the steps from finding human remains (mapping and carrying out a survey) to taking the remains into the lab for analysis. Students gain experience in designing and laying out an excavation grid, learning how to record and photograph human remains and contextual evidence found in the field. Finally the students will have hands on learning experience in recording and bagging the finds and creating a chain of evidence. This module will look at the challenges of a single and multiple burials and mass disasters.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

10,400

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

21,200

Entry requirements

Students need to have a good honours degree (2.2 or above) in biological anthropology or other associated fields (eg., Forensic Science; Archaeology; Anatomy). In certain circumstances, we will consider students who have not followed a conventional education path. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

University information

The University of Kent is a leading international higher education institution, with a reputation for academic excellence and the unofficial title of the UK’s ‘European university’. With postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels alongside the Canterbury and Medway main campuses, students will find that the university is the perfect place to sharpen their focus and broaden their horizons as they continue their studies. The university is...more