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Entry requirements

You will need:
  • a good second class honours degree in a relevant scientific discipline such as anthropology, anatomy or forensic science
and
  • an academic reference
or
  • alternative qualifications, coupled with a significant period of relevant work experience
Additional Information
IELTS 6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
Pearson 58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
RPL is accepted on this programme
International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate
International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time
If you have any specific enquiries, please contact scspgt@ljmu.ac.uk

Months of entry

September

Course content

This professionally accredited MSc provides the skills and knowledge for a career in forensic anthropology. Gain hands-on experience in the field and carry out research.
  • Benefit from specialised forensic science labs and facilities
  • Study a course developed and delivered by leading researchers
  • Professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Gain hands-on experience in the field by getting involved with excavation and bioarchaeological analysis of real human remains at a medieval cemetery - the Poulton Project
  • Explore leading methodologies for identification of unknown individuals
  • Discover how stratigraphic excavation techniques are used to solve missing person cases
  • Look forward to employment opportunities in forensic anthropology and related fields
  • Take an optional module in skeletal anatomy – a complete introduction to working with bones
Forensic Anthropology combines physical anthropological knowledge and the application of forensic methods and techniques. The discipline is used by the justice system to solve cases where a missing person or an unknown murder victim is involved.
The MSc in Forensic Anthropology provides the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in the search for missing people, the recovery of evidence and human remains from clandestine graves and the identification of unknown corpses by osteological analysis.
Your studies will develop a broad understanding of these issues, including excavation, laboratory analysis and the courtroom skills necessary to present findings in a trial. You will learn analytical techniques, taphonomic analysis, field methods and genetic applications, as well as having the unique opportunity to excavate and analyse human remains during archaeological excavations at the Poulton Project archaeological site near Chester.
During your Masters you will learn to: apply a broad knowledge base of human osteology and biology to a range of real and theoretical forensic applications and evaluate the burial contexts of human remains, using this to determine the natural and anthropogenic processes involved in creating them. You will operate in a range of science contexts, taking responsibility for your contributions and outputs and generating information using primary observations of human osteology. You will use this information to form responses to the problems presented.
You will be taught in new human osteology laboratories, which house osteology collections and specialist equipment for digital radiography and 3-dimensional imaging, such as laser scanners and microscribes for advanced morphometric studies.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090