Taught course

Forensic Archaeology

Institution
Bournemouth University · Faculty of Science and Technology
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent in a relevant subject area and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Forensic Archaeology involves the use of archaeological principles and techniques for the location, recovery, and interpretation of evidence for past events within the constraints of the criminal justice system. It utilises both field and laboratory skills in the investigation of serious crime, missing persons, human rights and mass disasters. These skills range from searching for and excavating clandestine graves to the international investigation of crimes against humanity.

The course provides invaluable background knowledge in archaeological and forensic sciences required for criminal and human identification cases, integrating archaeological, anthropological and investigative disciplines. The course is delivered by leading practitioners who will develop and enhance your employability.

Our forensic archaeology course is unique in that it provides you with the opportunity to work with specialist equipment independently and provides you with a wealth of practical exercises simulating forensic scenarios, such as locating graves and managing an airplane crash. The course is also supported by a crime scene house, analytical labs, with extensive osteological rooms, skeletal collections, survey, excavation and geophysical equipment, geographic information systems (GIS), spatial information and cartographic suite.

Core Modules:

  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Advanced Forensic Archaeology
  • Principles & Methods in Human Osteology
  • Professional Practice in Forensic Science
  • Research Project

Option Units (Choose 1):

  • Human Functional Anatomy
  • Marine Environment, Heritage & Spatial Planning
  • Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology
  • Techniques of Archaeological Recovery & Recording

And 1 of:

  • Advanced Zooarchaeology
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Humans, Animals & Diet

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

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
askBU Enquiry Service
Email
prospects@bournemouth.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1202 961916