Forensic anthropology serves the investigative and judicial communities by analysing human remains for medicolegal purposes. This is a specialised area of science that requires detailed anatomical and osteological vocational training.
Forensic anthropology has adopted a pivotal role in both UK and International investigations being core to issues of repatriation, mass disasters and war crimes.
This 4 year degree is unique in that it combines specialist teaching in forensic anthropology with the detailed study of human anatomy, much of it practically based. Graduates with this degree will become competent in functional anatomy, dissection techniques, human and non-human skeletal identification and analysis, human tissue imaging, bone biosciences, the use of appropriate instrumentation, and the critical analysis of current research in forensicanthropology and human identification.
The first two years of the degree provide a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated study programme which remains broadly-based and multidisciplinary covering topics such as genetics, comparative physiology, and human form and function. The third year focuses on the gross anatomy of the human body, combining dissection with comparative osteology and developmental juvenile osteology. The fourth year is dedicated to forensic anthropological techniques and covers topics such as age and sex determination from human remains, biological identity, personal identification, pathology & trauma, taphonomy & timedeath interval, the judiciary & the legal system, evidential quality & quantification, and the role of the expert witness.
It is possible to study for the degree in 3 years if you have the required grades and subjects.