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Degree structure

Handbook

Courses

Students participate in the core courses Forensic Archaeological Science and Forensic Anthropology, in addition to other courses related to human osteology and dental morphology. All participants must complete a 15,000 word Dissertation that reports on a small, forensically related research project that is completed during the last six months of the MSc programme.

Core Courses

All students must take the following two courses:

  • Forensic Archaeological Science (ARCLG051, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Forensic Anthropology (ARCLG151, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Additional Courses

Students will also take the following three courses related to human osteology and dental morphology:

  • Morphology and Palaeopathology of the Human Skeleton (ARCLG143, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Variation and Evolution of the Human Skull (ARCLG144, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Dental Anthropology (ARCLG145, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Dissertation

(90 credits)- All participants are asked to complete a dissertation (15,000 words) that reports on a small, forensically related research project that is completed during the last six months of the MSc programme. Students are allocated a supervisor to provide guidance during the dissertation research.

Examples of past topics include:

  • reasons for dismemberment and its influence as a taphonomic agent
  • interpretation of gunshot trauma on cremated remains
  • alterations to areas of blunt force trauma due to thermal intervention
  • diagnostic features in burnt juvenile longbones
  • the use of infra-red photography and relectography to detect tattoos on the deceased
  • discerning biological affinity through the mid-facial region: a case study using a London population

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