While intensive and challenging, the taught MSc programme will equip you with the knowledge and hands-on experience that allows you to carry out the analysis of human bone within a forensic context. Importantly, you will also acquire a background in the legal, science and evidential framework in forensic anthropology, enabling the proper interpretation of the recovered osteological remains.
Participants in the programme are expected to acquire knowledge of:
• theoretical bases of human skeletal analysis
• physical properties and function of the human skeleton
• hands-on bone identification
• reconstruction of individual traits (age, sex, size, etc.)
• analytical methods
• scientific interpretations of human osseous materials.
The programme can either be taken over one year (full-time), or over two years (part-time). Individual courses will be delivered by means of lectures, seminars and hands-on practical work with archaeological skeletal assemblages and reference collections. You must complete seven courses assessed through coursework designed to test satisfactory completion and understanding of the work covered. Successful completion of the taught component of the programme qualifies candidates to receive the Postgraduate Diploma.
Those who attain a satisfactory standard in their assessed work may proceed to an MSc, undertaking a supervised project on an approved topic and submitting a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words by the end of the programme year.
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