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MScForensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation

University of Bradford
United Kingdom, Bradford
Tuition fee £13,500.00 per year
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Forensic Archaeology is the specialist application of archaeological techniques to the search and recovery of evidential material from crime scenes, often but not always related to buried human remains.

This course is taught by staff with extensive crime scene experience who regularly work on a range of operations and are at the forefront of the professional development of the discipline.

The course will:

Provide you with advanced practical, analytical and interpretative skills in forensic archaeology
Provide training in discipline skills to enable graduates to pursue careers in Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
Prepare students for careers in non-cognate fields through emphasis on team working and application of a wide knowledge base to problem solving
This course combines approaches from different disciplines to provide students with a comprehensive forensic skill set.

It is essential that forensic archaeologists are able to appreciate their role within a wider police investigation and have a detailed understanding of crime scene management procedures.

Forensic Archaeology in the United Kingdom is rapidly developing and recognised as a distinct discipline by the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator. Bradford staff have been actively involved in defining skills matrices for use by the Institute for Archaeologists as part of the process of professional regulation.

Programme structure

Modules: All Modules are Core

Semester 1 (60 Credits – 5 Modules):

Crime Scene Management (10 Credits)
English Legal System and Criminal Law for Non-Lawyers (Law 1) (10 Credits)
Forensic Anthropology for CSI (10 Credits)
Introduction to Forensic Archaeology (20 Credits)
Recording Crime Scenes (10 Credits)

Semester 2 (60 Credits – 4 Modules):

Research Skills (10 Credits)
Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation (20 Credits)
Forensic Taphonomy; (20 Credits)
Law of Evidence for Non-Lawers (Law 2) (10 Credits)
End of Semester 2 onwards (60 Credits – 1 Module):

Dissertation (MSc) (60 Credits)

The MSc award can be obtained with enhanced professional training (MSc without dissertation) in which case, the following modules are taken instead of the Dissertation:

Advanced Fieldwork Programme for CSI (30 Credits)
Independent Research Paper for CSI 1 (10 Credits )
Independent Research Paper for CSI 2 (20 Credits)

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme have gone on to work in law enforcement (both as Police Officers and Scene of Crime/Scientific Support), Forensic Science as well as commercial archaeology with enhanced skill sets.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States