Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc

School of Science and Engineering

Forensic archaeology and anthropology are crucial when investigating cases of inter-personal violence and homicide, repatriation, mass disasters, and war crimes

Date of entry

September 2020

Start date

September 2020

Duration

12 months

Study mode

Full Time

Location

Dundee City Campus

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.

“This course was great at not just exploring the subject areas, but it always tried to get you to apply the knowledge practically, to solve problems and overcome difficult situations. ”

William Morris, MSc Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology graduate

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