Forensic Archaeology involves the use of archaeological principles and techniques for the location, recovery, and interpretation of evidence for past events within the context of the criminal justice system.
It utilises both field and laboratory skills in the investigation of serious crime, missing persons, human rights and mass disasters. These skills range from searching for and excavating clandestine graves to the international investigation of crimes against humanity.
The course provides invaluable background knowledge in archaeological and forensic sciences required for criminal and human identification cases, integrating archaeological, anthropological and investigative disciplines. The course is delivered by leading practitioners who will develop and enhance your employability.
Our forensic archaeology course is unique in that it provides you with the opportunity to work with specialist equipment independently and provides you with a wealth of practical exercises simulating forensic scenarios, such as investigating mass graves.
Your practical work is supported by demonstrators in our analytical labs, osteological labs, skeletal collections; survey, excavation and geophysical equipment, geographical information systems (GIS), and dedicated computing labs.
Hear from two of our graduates how studying Archaeology at BU has helped in their careers: Live webinar Wednesday 27 February 2019 15:00 to 16:00
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, Archaeological sciences, Anthropology, Forensic science, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology
For 2019 entry: Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience.
International entry requirements:
If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.