Taught course

Forensic Anthropology

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent in any discipline that includes an element of science and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Forensic Anthropology 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.

This course was previously called Forensic Osteology.

Core Modules:

  • Bodies of Evidence - Skeletal Changes Before & After Death
  • Crime Scene Management & Forensic Science
  • Human Functional Anatomy
  • Principles & Methods in Human Osteology
  • Professional Practice in Forensic Science
  • Research Project

Option Modules (choose 1):

  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Techniques of Archaeological Recovery & Recording

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally: IELTS (academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
For 2017 entry: £5,750
International students
For 2017 entry: £14,000

For fees and funding information, please visit www.bournemouth.ac.uk/pg-funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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