Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Forensic Anthropology

This MSc from LJMU provides the skills and knowledge for a career in forensic anthropology. Gain hands-on experience in the field and carry out novel research. - Benefit from specialised forensic science labs and facilities - Study a course developed and delivered by leading researchers - Gain hands-on experience in the field by getting involved with excavation and bioarchaeological analysis of real human remains at a medieval cemetery - the Poulton Project - Explore leading methodologies for identification of unknown individuals - Discover how stratigraphic excavation techniques are used to solve missing person cases - Look forward to employment opportunities in forensic anthropology and related fields - Take an optional module in skeletal anatomy - a complete introduction to working with bones Forensic Anthropology combines physical anthropological knowledge and the application of forensic methods and techniques. The discipline is used by the justice system to solve cases where a missing person or an unknown murder victim is involved.

Entry requirements

MSc: You will need: a good second class honours degree in a relevant scientific discipline such as anthropology, anatomy or forensic science and an academic reference or alternative qualifications, coupled with a significant period of relevant work experience Additional Information IELTS 6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component) Pearson 58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes) RPL is accepted on this programme International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time If you have any specific enquiries, please contact Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC. View country specific entry requirements: Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team ( for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages:

Course modules

Your programme is made up of a number of core and option modules and a dissertation as detailed below. Core modules Human Identification and Forensic DNA (20 credits) Taphonomy and Trauma Analysis (20 credits) Law and Court Room Skills (20 credits) Dissertation (60 credits) Forensic Research Methods (20 credits) Optional modules Dental Anthropology (20 credits) Forensic Bioscience (20 credits) Advanced Osteology and Skeletal Pathology (20 credits) Fire Investigation (20 credits) Archaeological Field Skills (20 credits)

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic. Assessment methods on this course include: a combination of seen/unseen exam papers with essay and interpretative style questions and coursework featuring: laboratory reports, essays, case studies, oral exams, poster presentations, scientific paper production, e-portfolio, problem solving exercises and the project thesis.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,100 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,100 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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