Bournemouth University

Forensic Archaeology

Forensic Archaeology involves the use of archaeological principles and techniques for the location, recovery, and interpretation of evidence for past events within the constraints 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 locating graves and managing an airplane crash. The course is also supported by a crime scene house, analytical labs, with extensive osteological rooms, skeletal collections, survey, excavation and geophysical equipment, geographic information systems (GIS), spatial information and cartographic suite.

Course modules

Semester 1, Core units: Forensic Archaeology - Advanced Forensic Archaeology - Principles & Methods in Human Osteology - Professional Practice in Forensic Science. Option units (you'll choose one of the following units): Human Functional Anatomy: - Marine Environment, Heritage & Spatial Planning - Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology - Techniques of Archaeological Recovery & Recording. And one of the following: Advanced Zooarchaeology - Crime Scene Management - Humans, Animals & Diet. Semester 2: Research Project.

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 14,500 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 14,500 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 6,250 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years

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

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