We have a team of experts within this department committed to educating the next generation of archaeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists, as well as to furthering the understanding of and knowledge within their chosen fields through varied research projects.
A creative and innovative research culture is at the heart of what we do, addressing some of the biggest forensic and archaeological questions of the day and examining humanitarian tragedies and natural disasters of every scale. Within our department, we have experts in understanding and managing our archaeological heritage, forensic science and crime and disaster events.
Research defines our status and our impact on both national and international decision-makers and policy. As researchers, we collaborate with a wide range of organisations around the world, including Dorset Police and Police Scotland, the Russian Academy of Sciences, International Commission for Missing Persons, European Commission, German Archaeological Institute, Department for Transport, National Trust, English Heritage and The Environment Agency.
As a student, you have excellent opportunities to develop your fieldwork skills on real and simulated forensic and archaeological sites, as well as visiting some of the South West's most prestigious historical sites, such as Stonehenge, Avebury and Corfe Castle. Our forensic science students have access to the Crime Scene Training Facility and external facilities such as Streetwise where you can participate in large-scale simulated crime scenes and disaster scenarios, while archaeological students can participate in the Durotriges (Big Dig) project, our annual 25-day field school. Read about the dig live from the site on our Big Dig blog.
I think we are incredibly lucky to have been taught by people who are leading their fields of expertise and are so passionate about what they do."
– Gina Ross: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and MSc Forensic Toxicology