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MSc Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

Bournemouth University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Talbot Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    12 months

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.

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.

Our course places particular relevance on interpretation of injury and postmortem events with emphasis given to the archaeological recovery of human remains rather than taking a view that analysis begins when remains reach the laboratory. Our graduates will to be able to make confident assertions regarding the recognition and initial assessment of human remains in the field. In addition, you'll gain a wide range of transferable skills including report writing, team working, professional communication and presentation skills, expert witness training and contemporaneous recording.

Both the two specialist routes on this degree derive from the experience of archaeologists and anthropologists who practice both nationally and internationally and address the needs identified by Police services, The UK Forensic Regulator, the UN and other international identification agencies. You can choose to specialise either in osteological or archaeological investigations.

Careers

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.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Bournemouth University

  • University League Table

    86th

  • Campus address

    Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, Poole, BH12 5BB, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    24th out of 34 8

    28th out of 32 3

    24th out of 34 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    99 50%

    29th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%

    17th

    2
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    19th

    7
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    95 47%

    29th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%

    17th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%

    24th

    3
  • Entry standards

    / Max 167
    116 59%

    19th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50 50%

    25th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.83 77%

    30th

    4

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