M.Sc. On Campus

Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

12 months
19900 GBP/year
18465 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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In the MSc Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology from University of Dundee you will develop the practical skills and knowledge required by those who search for missing people and will be involved in the recovery of remains from clandestine burials.


In the MSc Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology from University of Dundee, you will learn how to write forensic archaeological and skeletal reports, and how these reports are used in the legal process, including presenting evidence as an expert witness in court.

Forensic archaeology uses archaeological skills to assist with the location and recovery of human remains and forensic evidence. Forensic anthropology is the analysis of human remains for the medico-legal and humanitarian purposes of establishing identity.

Both play a key role in UK and international investigations in cases of inter-personal violence and homicide, repatriation, mass disasters, and war crimes.

Many of our staff are forensic experts. They will help you gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the skills needed to search for, and recover, human remains in a number of different scenarios and analyse and interpret skeletal remains.


There is an international requirement for forensic archaeologists and forensic anthropologists who are competent in dealing with the location and recovery of human remains and forensic evidence in medico-legal and humanitarian roles.

This course provides the skills to facilitate a career in the lab and field in forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology. You will also develop the skills to continue into academic research.

Our graduates have gone on to roles in the following areas:

  • academia
  • teaching
  • research
  • museums
  • forensic practice
  • police
  • non-governmental organisations
  • archaeological practice
  • further postgraduate training

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Forensic Human Osteology 
  • Forensic Taphonomy 
  • Forensic Archaeology 
  • Disaster Victim Identification (Online)
  • Forensic Science and the Law
  • Forensic Human Identification

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CV
  • academic reference
  • professional reference
  • personal statement
  • An honours degree at 2:1 or above (or equivalent) in a relevant degree, or an ability to demonstrate considerable experience in a relevant field.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19900 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    18465 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18465 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Dundee

787 - 1494 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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