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BSc (Hons) Archaeological, Anthropological & Forensic Sciences

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  • UCAS Code:
    4K2M
  • Institution:
    B50

Blending laboratory and field science within a meticulous academic framework to develop your career, this degree bridges the disciplines of science and humanities. The course content will prepare you for a wide range of fascinating career opportunities in archaeology, anthropology, forensic investigation and other applied sciences. 

During your degree, you’ll receive expert-led theoretical and practical training that covers the inter-related human investigative science of crime scene scenarios, archaeological and anthropological theory and problem solving. Our course will develop you as a motivated researcher with a strong portfolio of transferable skills. In addition to focusing on forensic science and archaeology you’ll also study social anthropology. In year two and your final year you will have a choice of units to satisfy your own personal interests and career ambitions. 

To improve your employability prospects once you graduate, the course includes a five week and an optional 30-week period in placement (depending on the length of the degree you choose). Not only will this reinforce what you’ve learnt in our state-of-the-art labs and facilities, but you could also build an invaluable network of professional contacts, and secure real world work experience that will critically enhance your CV. To add to your professional portfolio, this degree is recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

You will also attend BU’s archaeological field school, the Place Field School, at the end of your first year. This is a large scale excavation, where in previous years, our students have discovered significant finds that have changed the way we view the past. It's a unique opportunity to gain experience of working on a real site.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Accreditations:

This course is recognised by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in either reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams.  The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 2.5mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

You can complete your placement anywhere in the UK or even overseas, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit students with:

  • An understanding of what archaeology and forensic sciences are
  • Enthusiasm for applying science to solve problems both in the study of the past and the present
  • An interest in both laboratory and field sciences
  • Good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to think analytically
  • An interest in archaeology, and forensic science (e.g. by attending an excavation, visiting museums, entering science competitions, school project work, or relevant volunteer work).

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

We have an internationally renowned reputation for producing highly skilled practitioners with excellent career opportunities. Within six months of completing their course, 83% of our students who study Forensic and Archaeological Science courses are working or studying.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Amber Williams

Real-world experience has been one of the best things about BU with placements, the Big Dig and access to BU's amazing collection of fossils and artefacts.

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Dr Paul Cheetham

We have our annual excavation at the end of the first year; that's 4 weeks in the field.

What our students say

James Livermore

The best thing about the BU is the location, such an array of local important sites making fieldwork meaningful. The equipment is excellent, I was even able to borrow some for my after school club.