This course is designed to give a broad introduction to the subject, rapidly advancing into the understanding of cutting-edge research and the latest methodologies. The course is highly practical and hands-on, aiming to produce forensic experts capable of giving expert witness testimonies in a courtroom situation and elsewhere.
The course consists of a two-week period of introductory studies followed by academic instruction in modular form. Most modules are of five days' duration, interspersed with weeks devoted to private study and visits to forensic science establishments.
The Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc is part of the Forensic MSc Programme which has been formally accredited by the Forensic Science Society.
The course consists of a one-week period of introductory studies followed by academic instruction in modular form. Most modules are of five days' duration, interspersed with weeks devoted to private study. Students are required to take four core modules, four role specific modules and choose three elective modules based on their particular background, future requirements or interests. This is followed by a four-month research project and either a thesis or literature review and paper.
Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years
English Language Requirements
Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7
Students are required to take eight core modules and choose three elective modules based on their particular background, future requirements, or interests.
This is followed by a four-month research project and thesis.
- Analytical Techniques
- Courtroom Skills
- Forensic Archaeology: Mass Grave Excavation
- Forensic Archaeology: Recovering Buried Remains
- Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology: Osteology
- Further Forensic Anthropology: Identification
- Investigation and Evidence Collection
- Reasoning for Forensic Science
- Fakes and Forgeries
- Environmental Forensic Science
- Fires, Explosions and their Investigation
- Introduction to Firearms Investigations and Forensic Ballistics
- Mass Fatality Incidents
- Practical Archaeological Excavation
- Radiographic Investigations in Forensic Science
- Trace Evidence
- Forensic Exploitation and Intelligence
- Digital Crime and Investigation
The individual project takes four months from April to July. The student selects from a range of titles, or may propose their own topic. Most are practically or experimentally based using Cranfield’s unique facilities.
By written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and viva voce.
Takes you on to opportunities to work in the field of forensic archaeology or anthropology within forensic laboratories, police departments, government bodies and non-governmental organisations. It is also a necessary introduction that could lead into conducting research at PhD level in the subject.
For further information
on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/forensic-archaeology-and-anthropology.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.