Masters degrees in Criminological Anthropology provide advanced study of the human social condition in relation to crime and criminal behaviour. They analyse the social structures underpinning the causes of crime, as well as scrutinising crime prevention, and practise for the rehabilitation of offenders.
Specialisms related to this subject include Forensic Anthropology, as well as appropriate branches of Sociology and Criminology.
This subject area presents a range of specialisations for you to pursue, including Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Archaeology, Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security, as well as socio-legal research.
Training and skills in this field vary depending on your interests, but may generally involve lab testing, identification and analysis, as well as vocational experience such as excavation and other forms of fieldwork.
Professional prospects with a Masters in Anthropological Criminology cover all levels within the social justice system. You may work directly with investigators, in the forensics department of a local policing community; you may hold a higher position, working for special forces units or even the secret service.
Research in this field is highly sought after, swith opportunities to pursue a PhD after your Masters.
MSc Forensic Anthropology is designed to enable graduate students to develop skills in a variety of areas, which concern the processing, analysis and identification of human remains. This postgraduate course provides intensive training in developmental anatomy and osteology, forensic anthropology methods and theory, forensic taphonomy in theory and practice, crime scene investigation and the law, research methods and expert witness and presentation skills. The course has a focus on both domestic forensic anthropology work (e.g. UK and US) and forensic anthropology in the context of international humanitarian work and international criminal investigation.
UCLan’s postgraduate Forensic Anthropology course is the only forensic anthropology/osteology MSc in the UK to be based within a dedicated forensics department with state-of-the-art Crime Scene Investigation practical labs as well as excellent resources in Forensic Biology and Chemistry.
We have a dedicated MSc Forensic Anthropology laboratory and radiography facilities with the full range of teaching casts as well as an extensive collection of experimentally induced projectile, blunt and sharp force trauma. We have an archaeological skeletal collection consisting of some 120 individuals from two sites, one late Medieval and one Victorian. UCLan’s TRACES facility for decomposition and taphonomic experimentation is located nearby and many students choose to conduct MSc dissertation research projects as part of the long term research agenda into estimating time since death. Staff members teaching the course are also active in research and consultancy.
Assessment is based on a combination of coursework and examination and includes an MSc dissertation project. Students are encouraged to present their research findings at international meetings.
Graduating from this course, you will be well placed to undertake further research at the doctoral level, take up jobs in forensic anthropology laboratories, or to participate in human remains excavations.