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MSc - Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

Durham University    Department of Archaeology

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

This exciting new MSc will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further research in forensic archaeology and anthropology, and/or find employment, either within a forensics-related profession or the graduate market more generally. This is an intensive, hands-on, practical course, which includes extensive analysis of human skeletal remains, mock court experience, excavation of ‘mass graves’, and knowledge of the legal and ethical issues associated with forensic contexts. This MSc is aimed at graduates from a variety of backgrounds, who seek knowledge, experience and skills in forensic archaeology and anthropology. The course is unique in the UK in terms of its strong international humanitarian focus, and the research excellence that is at its core. The course has been designed to fulfill the accreditation criteria of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science Component Standards and to align with the UN Sustainability Goals, in particular peace and justice.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates are expected to have a minimum of a 2.1 degree or equivalent. You might have a UG degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Forensic or Crime Scene Science. However, students from a wide variety of backgrounds are admitted, including students with undergraduate degrees in Natural and Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, as well Classics and History.

IELTS 7.0 or above with no component below 6.5; TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) 102 or above (with no component below 25).


Full time
Home students £11,900 per year
EU students £23,900 per year
Island students £11,900 per year
International students £23,900 per year

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