Bournemouth University

Forensic Anthropology

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.

Course modules

Core units: Bodies of Evidence - Skeletal Changes Before & After Death - Crime Scene Management & Forensic Science - Human Functional Anatomy - Principles & Methods in Human Osteology - Professional Practice in Forensic Science - Research Project. Option units (choose one): Forensic Archaeology - Techniques of Archaeological Recovery & Recording. Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may change from year to year.

Assessment methods

Research Project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,250 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 15,000 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 15,000 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 6,250 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Talbot Campus BH12 5BB South West

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