Taught course

Forensic Anthropology

Institution
University of Central Lancashire · School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

2:1 or above in a related field (e.g. biomedical sciences, biology and biological sciences, forensic science, chemistry). All applications should also include: Personal Statement (1-2 pages typed separately) Transcripts and Degree Certificates (if applicable) 2 References - both references must be either academic or professional. Application Deadline is 15 February, yearly. This is a calendar-year long course running from September to September.

Months of entry

September

Course content

MSc Forensic Anthropology is designed to enable graduate students to develop skills in a variety of areas, which concern the processing, analysis and identification of human remains. The course provides intensive training in developmental anatomy and osteology, forensic anthropology methods and theory, forensic taphonomy in theory and practice, crime scene investigation and the law, research methods and expert witness and presentation skills. Students graduating from this course will be well placed to undertake further research at the doctoral level, take up jobs in forensic anthropology laboratories, or to participate in human remains excavations. The course comprises two semesters of coursework and one semester of an original research project. It is taught as a combination of lectures, practicals and self-directed study.

This is a one-year taught masters programme consisting of two semesters' coursework and one semester of an original research project. This course is the only forensic anthropology/osteology MSc in the UK to be based within a dedicated forensics department with state-of-the-art Crime Scene Investigation practical labs as well as excellent resources in Forensic Biology and Chemistry. The MSc in Forensic Anthropology is designed to enable graduate students to develop skills in a variety of areas, which concern the processing, analysis, and identification of human remains. The course provides intensive training in developmental anatomy and osteology, forensic anthropology method and theory, forensic taphonomy in theory and practice, crime scene investigation and the law, research methods, and expert witness and presentation skills. The course has a focus on both domestic forensic anthropology work (eg UK and US) and forensic anthropology in the context of international humanitarian work and international criminal investigation.

Students graduating from this course will be well placed to undertake further research at the doctoral level, take up jobs in forensic labs, or to participate in human remains excavations. Students will study the current issues and techniques involved in all aspects of human remains recovery and identification with an international focus. They will gain knowledge of modes of decomposition and death, and learn how to approach a body in any condition to learn the most from it. In addition, they will have the chance to develop a large number of transferable skills.

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

PGDip

part time
12 months
full time
6 months

PGCert

full time
3 months
part time
6 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment55
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1772 892400