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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Forensic & Archaeological Sciences

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year FT

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    FT Band 2 - £7,500 p/a

    If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

  • Last Updated

    11 July 2019

About the course

This course provides postgraduate education in the discipline of Forensic Anthropology. This course provides intensive training in human osteology and the techniques used by Forensic Anthropologists to build osteological profiles of unknown skeletonised human remains. The first half of the taught phase provides you with a solid foundation in the core skills of forensic science, such as crime scene examination and interpretation and presentation of evidence, using our crime scene facilities and real crime scene expertise and casework. The second half of the taught phase includes specialised modules on human osteology, and techniques of estimation of sex, age, stature and ethnic ancestry in skeletal remains, as well as distinguishing between animal and human bones. It also includes topics such as skeletal development, trauma and pathology; forensic taphonomy (decomposition and decay); and post-mortem interval estimation. The course is very practically and vocationally-focused, and provides hands-on experience of dealing with skeletonised human and decomposed animal remains.

In the last third of the course, you are given the opportunity to pursue an original research project, on a topic provided by supervisors or of a relevant topic of your choice. This requires 50 days of laboratory work, and takes place in the summer term.

Course detail

The modules are:

  •  Crime Scene Science Awareness
  •  Forensic Biology Awareness
  •  Forensic Chemistry Awareness
  •  Quality and Presentation of Evidence
  •  Forensic Casework Practice
  •  Advanced Forensic Practicals

The course is aimed at those wishing to build on their undergraduate science degree, by gaining hands-on experience and critical examination of theory and practice, in order to pursue a career in forensic science, and in particular Forensic Anthropology. It is also designed for scientific or forensic practitioners wishing to re-specialise or hone their Forensic Anthropology skills to pursue an affiliated career path.


There may be the opportunity for some students to carry out their research project in a relevant academic, commercial or industrial setting, such as a museum or archaeological unit. Placements are normally a minimum of eight weeks in the period between June and September.

Career support

Graduates of the course can obtain positions in the UK with forensic science providers or with individual police forces which have their own in-house forensic scientists or experts. There are also employment opportunities for graduates in museums, archaeological units and non-governmental organisations. Abroad, there may be career opportunities in Forensic Anthropology laboratories, and organisations such as Interpol, International Commission on Missing Persons, and Physicians for Human Rights. This course can also act as a precursor to an academic teaching or research position or PhD.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Visit the Forensic Science (Forensic Anthropology) page on the University of Huddersfield website for more details!





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