Taught course

Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

University of Dundee · School of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:1 or above (or equivalent) in a relevant degree, or an ability to demonstrate considerable experience in a relevant field.

Months of entry


Course content

Forensic archaeology is the application of archaeological skills to the location and recovery of human remains and forensic evidence. Forensic anthropology is the analysis of human remains for the medico-legal purpose of establishing identity. Both of these disciplines play a pivotal role in UK and international investigations in cases of inter-personal violence and homicide, repatriation, mass disasters and war crimes.

Our course provides you with training in dedicated laboratory areas. You will have exclusive access to the unique skeletal collections in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID). We offer a mix of theoretical subject matter combined with hands-on experience, and our academic staff are world leaders in the field.

You will develop the skills and knowledge required by those who undertake searches for missing people and will be involved in the recovery of remains from clandestine burials. You will also gain the skills required to present evidence as an expert witness in court.

Our staff are amongst the most experienced in the UK in the fields of human identification, forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology cranio-facial reconstruction and the study of the human body. We are regularly contacted for advice and input in high-profile forensic cases both at home and abroad. Staff are able to bring this experience into their teaching.

Content delivery will be by a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical based work, both in the lab and externally. All of the subjects taught have a practical component and the ability to apply theory to practice has always been a strong tradition for all CAHID courses, equipping those attending for the skills for furture employment.

Expert witness experience is gained through involvement in a mock trial presided over by skilled legal practitioners.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Lucina Hackman
+44 (0)1382 386311