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.
See Course details for more information, including how this course will be delivered safely in autumn 2020 in response to Covid-19.
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For September 2021 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.
This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in June 2020 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.
Next start date:
September 2020, September 2021
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), working in partnership with University Archaeology UK. Recognised by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
All subjects considered
International entry requirements:
For September 2020 and September 2021 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.