12 months
15000 GBP/year
6500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Develop your expertise in investigating human remains in a forensic context, applying principles and methods within the constraints and framework of the criminal justice system. Choose from one of two specialisms – Osteology or Search & Recovery.

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Please note that this course is not recruiting for September 2021. Applications will be open for September 2022 applications.

Why study MSc Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology ?

  • Investigate human remains in modern contexts relating to crime, conflict, human rights violations, and disasters, whilst exploring traditional principles, techniques and methods of analysis 
  • Develop an understanding of legal issues and constraints, management and process of the investigative system and the professional skills enabling evidence to be presented to court 
  • Focus on interpretation of injury and post-mortem events with emphasis given to the archaeological recovery of human remains rather than taking a view that analysis begins when remains reach the laboratory 
  • Benefit from the expert knowledge of our academics, many of whom are actively engaged in national or international research 
  • Growing demand for skilled practitioners in international investigations of disasters, human rights violations and genocide contributing towards the recovery and identification of unknown victims and the determination of the cause of their deaths 
  • Learn transferable skills including report writing, communication and presentation skills, expert witness training and contemporaneous recording, to prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. 


Forensic archaeology is an expanding international field. Upon completion of the course you will join other BU graduates who are acknowledged as some of the most experienced forensic archaeologists in the field.

This will open up a wide range of career prospects for you, and you could end up work anywhere in the world examining crime scenes, mass graves & disasters and educating other researchers in new forensic science approaches.


The Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles & Methods in Human Osteology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Professional Practice in Forensic Science
  • Research Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no application deadline for this course. However, if you will need a visa, think carefully about the length of time it will take for your visa application to be processed.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject
  • Required subjects include: Archaeology, Forensic Science, Forensic Investigation, Biological Sciences or Biological Anthropology

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • £6,500 (UK, ROI & CI) 
  • £15,000 (Int'l)

Living costs for Bournemouth

700 - 1000 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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