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Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation (MSc)

Course Description

This course provides graduates from either humanities or science-based academic backgrounds with advanced practical, analytical and interpretative skills in forensic archaeology, allowing both field and laboratory-orientated pathways. It offers extensive practical simulated exercises and training by Police Scientific Support and Scene of Crime Officers. It covers a wide range of topics from taphonomy, survey, and multidisciplinary crime scene investigation to the search, excavation and evidential recovery from crime scene environments. , including the application of Geophysical and cadaver dog searches for human and other remains.

It can be studied with either a substantial research dissertation (MSc with dissertation) or enhanced professional training during the summer (MSc without dissertation). It is also available by flexible study lasting up to 5 years.

Core modules:
Introduction to Forensic Archaeology; Crime Scene Management; English Legal System and Criminal Law for non-lawyers; Recording Crime Scenes Introduction to Forensic Anthropology for Crime Scene Investigators; Law of Evidence for non-lawyers, Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation;
For MSc (with dissertation) Research skills and Dissertation or MSc (without dissertation) Research and brief writing for CSI, Advanced Field Programme for CSI, Independent Research Paper for CS1, Independent Research Paper for CSI 2

Plus options from:
Forensic Taphonomy, Chemistry of Human Remains, GIS for Forensic Practitioners

For enquiries please clearly state:

Subject of bachelor degree
Year of entry e.g. September 2016

Visit the Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation (MSc) page on the University of Bradford website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Tony Ku

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Tony Ku was working as Human Resources Manager at international NGO The Asia Foundation before he came to Bradford, and having previously studied Analyticial Chemistry he applied for MSc Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation to "further strengthen his knowledge.

Tony says he chose the University of Bradford because it "has a strong reputation of excellence in research" and is "highly rated in employability.

"This course provides great field work with various simulated scenes where students can transfer what they acquire from the classroom to the practical coursework. I would like to acknowledge two of my programme leaders - Dr Andrew Wilson and Dr Robert Janaway - who have extensive experience in the forensic and archaeology fields. They have been engaged by the West Yorkshire Police department in a number of criminal cases and been expert witnesses in court. They have also been very helpful in term of providing their mentorship not just through the academic needs but also with the employment opportunity network."

Tony says the most enjoyable aspect of the course has been "independent learning encompassing a variety of research areas in the archaeological setting.

He has also carried out "regular field work to a number of sites in West Yorkshire areas such Baildon, Haworth, IIkley, Moorland of Harewood, Pudsey and Dewsbury with different landscapes".

The campus is equipped with advanced laboratories like anthropology lab, taphonomy lab, crime scene lab and many others to accommodate student needs for the practical work and to conduct research. The campus is a friendly location with many great places to study, socializing and relaxing.

"The course has equipped me with skills required in this field. The fieldwork carried out across the semester prepares student to engage with real-time problems and come out with solutions."

As well as the course, Tony has been on trips to places across the country and has attended conferences in London in Cambridge.
He says the extra support received outside his course has been very useful too, with academic and English language support from Room 101, the International Study Centre.

"I have a wonderful time here at the University of Bradford. Support that I have received from the International Office and other teaching staff team has been very fulfilling. Bradford has helped me to achieve everything that I wanted to be during my time in UK."


Country Specific Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

All students from one of the World Bank countries will be entitled to a £2,000 fee scholarships as a fee reduction for meeting or exceeding the entry criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding international students (not EU) who are nationals of countries that are defined by the World Bank as having low-income or low to middle income economies.

Application Procedure

These are automatically processed by us and no separate application is required.

Further Information



International Academic Excellence Scholarships 2016 - 20+ Awards

Although you may apply for more than one scholarship, you can only receive one scholarship from the University. The exception is that you can still receive the 15% Alumni discount and this scholarship. Students must be paying their own fees. Students in receipt of external funding e.g. chevening scholarships are not entitled to this award.Country equivalent of 2:1 at degree-level will result in a £2,500 fee scholarship
Country equivalent of first-class Honours at degree-level will result in a £3,500 fee scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3,500


Students from all other countries excluding EU countries and China will be automatically assessed for academic-related fee scholarships worth £2,500 or £3,500, based on your entry qualifications.Students entitled to the £3,500 fee scholarship can apply for one of our Half-Fee Academic Excellence Scholarships (see below).

Application Procedure

These scholarships are automatically processed by the University and no separate application is required. The amount of scholarship that you are entitled to will be shown on your offer letter.

Further Information



Academic Excellence Scholarships Home/EU Students 2016 - 10 Awards

Available for all full-time taught MSc and MA courses at the University of Bradford.The scholarship is given as a fee reduction. The award is valid for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding students paying Home/EU feesStudents must achieve at least a first-class Honours in their undergraduate studies, or the European equivalent.

Application Procedure

Please contact [email protected]

Further Information



Postgraduate Bursary 2016 - 20+ Awards

ELIGIBILITYIn order to apply for this bursary you must:Be from the UK or EU (if you are from the EU you must have done your degree in England to qualify).
Be on a full-time taught masters or research postgraduate programme and paying your own fees.
Have recently graduated from your undergraduate degree programme.
Have received support (i.e. fee payment, not a loan) towards your fees from your Local Authority or the Student Loans Company in your final year of undergraduate study at your previous university – and be able to prove this with a financial support notification letter. You will also be eligible if you received a bursary during your undergraduate study.
Bursaries will be paid in March provided that you are still in attendance and progressing satisfactorily on your course.

Value of Scholarship(s)



See full details below

Application Procedure

After you have started your course, come to The Hub with your last financial support notification letter, or bursary letter, from your undergraduate study - you will be required to fill in a short application form. In each academic year you need to apply for your PG Bursary by 31 July.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

relevant discipline

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