University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Forensic Anthropology

This course provides intensive training in human osteology and the techniques used by Forensic Anthropologists to build osteological profiles of unknown skeletonised human remains. The first half of the taught phase provides students with a solid foundation in the core skills of forensic science, such as crime scene examination and interpretation and presentation of evidence, using our extensive crime scene facilities and real crime scene expertise and casework. The second half of the taught phase includes specialised modules on human osteology, and techniques of estimation of sex, age, stature and ethnic ancestry in skeletal remains, as well as distinguishing between animal and human bones. It also includes topics such as skeletal development, trauma and pathology; forensic taphonomy (decomposition and decay); and post-mortem interval estimation. The course is very practically and vocationally-focused, and provides hands-on experience of dealing with skeletonised and decomposed human (and animal) remains.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in science or equivalent is required.

Course modules

Optional modules: crime scene science awareness; forensic biology awareness; forensic chemistry awareness; quality and presentation of evidence; death and decomposition; post mortem interval estimation; forensic osteology; project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by assignments, problem solving exercises, laboratory skills and written examinations.The research project is assessed by written report and oral presentation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,800 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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01484 473867