Our Forensic Anthropology course is concerned with the application of biological anthropological techniques to the analysis of human skeletal remains within a legal context and provides a vital suite of expertise and skills that can be applied to answer both modern and archaeological questions.
Specialist anthropological skills can contribute, not only to our understanding of the past, but also to the effective investigation of serious incidents in the modern world, particularly murder, genocide and human rights violations within the constraints of the criminal justice system. Such skills have also proved increasingly useful in recent years in the wake of mass disasters, both natural and man-made.
We adopt a team approach to teaching, with each full-time human osteologist having their own specialisms. Other staff have expertise in relevant related subjects including forensic archaeology, crime scene investigation, forensic entomology, law and expert witness testimony, backed up by a team of specialist technicians. We are also one of very few universities to offer you the chance to undertake a simulated mass grave exercise as part of your Master’s degree.
Your learning is further aided by our extensive skeletal collections, spanning the last 5,500 years, as well as a large and varied teaching cast collection.
Watch the pre-recorded BU Webinar ‘Masters Degrees in Sciences’. Presented by Paul Kneller, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at the Faculty of Science & Technology, this webinar will give you an excellent insight into the postgraduate courses the faculty offers.
Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.
Next start date:
September 2019, September 2020
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time
The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Archaeology, Forensic Science, Forensic Investigation, Biological Sciences or Biological Anthropology
For 2019 entry: Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject that includes an element of science and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience.
International entry requirements:
If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.