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Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc

University of Dundee
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
September 2022

About this program

Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc

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.

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.

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.

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Admission requirements

Graduate Entry

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.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic

  • Overall - 6.5
  • Reading - 6.0
  • Listening - 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0
  • Writing 6.0

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Disaster Victim Identification (Online)
  • Forensic Archaeology 1
  • Forensic Human Osteology
  • Forensic Taphonomy
  • Forensic Human Identification
  • Forensic Science and the Law
  • Forensic Archaeology 2
  • MSc Research Project Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fees:

  • Scotland: £ 18,465 per year of study
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 18,465 per year of study
  • International: £ 19,900 per year of study

Career paths

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

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