Faculty of Science and Technology - Bournemouth University

Bachelor in Archaeological, Anthropological and Forensic Sciences - Grado en Arqueología, Antropología y Ciencias Forenses

Faculty of Science and Technology - Bournemouth University
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  • Modalidad:
  • Precio:
    UK/EU/Channel Islands: £9,250
    International (non-EU): £13,500
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  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2022
  • Lugar:
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    3 Años
  • Titulación:
    BSc (Hons) Archaeological, Anthropological and Forensic Sciences


Increased professionalism, together with developments in science and technology, means archaeological and forensic sciences require high-quality scientists.

This course involves applying science in archaeological and forensic contexts. It offers you a distinctive blend of laboratory and field science within a rigorous academic framework, bridging the sciences and humanities. You´ll be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in archaeology, forensics and other applied sciences.

You´ll be provided with theoretical and practical training covering crime scene science, toxicology, chemistry and molecular biology. The course draws on our expertise in forensic science, archaeology, anthropology, genocide investigation and toxicology.

You can also discover how anthropology offers a unique perspective on what it means to be human by choosing relevant option units in your second and third years, which you´ll share with students on our Anthropology degree.

Over 90% of final year students studying archaeology and forensic science courses at BU agree our staff are good at explaining things and that they made the subject interesting, so why not come and meet us to find out more?


104 - 120 tariff points including 3 A-Levels including 32 from one required subject , or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.


For this course we are looking for students with:

An understanding of what archaeology and forensic sciences are
Enthusiasm for applying science to solve problems both in the study of the past and the present
An interest in both laboratory and field sciences
Good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to think analytically


Year 1

Core units
Archaeological, Anthropological & Forensic Science Study Skills: Scientists must be able to work with a range of field and lab data. This unit will teach you how to perform statistical analysis, create charts, graphs and maps, and write clear and concise reports using appropriate software packages.

Archaeological Practice: Essential skills and knowledge for the aspiring archaeologist. You´ll understand the interconnectedness of data collected from field situations and recovered from archived sources in an on-going analytical process of refinement and reinvestigation. Completing this unit will help you to understand the context of archaeological data, which will support and enhance aspects of structural, artefactual and palaeo-environmental analysis delivered at all levels in the course.

Chemistry: Gain an understanding of aspects and processes in fundamental and analytical chemistry and develop your laboratory skills. The unit will be predominately delivered through lectures and practical laboratory sessions. The laboratory sessions will reinforce theoretical concepts by dealing with experimentally generated data and allow for one-to-one and small group discussions.

Cell Biology: The fundamental concepts of biology, including cell structure, function, control and basic molecular biology. You´ll learn how cells contribute to disease and the basic experimental techniques used for investigating cells.

Studying Ancient Materials: Learn to handle a range of artefacts and other archaeological materials including ceramics, textiles, foodstuffs, glass, metals and building materials. You´ll observe and record their characteristics and their importance to the interpretation of people and societies.

Introduction to Forensic Investigation: Gain a deeper appreciation of the legal aspects, command structure and operational procedures of UK forensic investigations, as well as an insight into the range of forensic sciences available. You´ll gain a theoretical understanding for enhancing practical experience in the recovery of physical evidence.

Year 2

Core units
Crime Scene: The legal aspects, command structure and operational procedures of UK crime scene investigations, and an introduction to a range of forensic sciences. You´ll gain practical experience in recovering evidence from potential crime scenes.

Field & Research Skills: To ensure you gain a practical understanding of the aims, strategies and methods of fieldwork, you will participate in a fieldwork training project. You´ll carry out practical tasks such as excavating, processing finds and samples. You will work in groups to solve problems, developing team skills and professional competencies.

Forensic Science: The basic scientific and analytical principals underlying the practice of forensic science. You´ll be introduced to a range of basic case types and common analytical techniques used in forensic casework.

Option units
Semester 1 (choose one):
Archaeological Science.
Forensic Law & Practice.
Post-excavation Skills.

Semester 2 (choose one from List A and one from List B)
List A
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Environmental Archaeology
Bonobos, Bones & Bottlenecks - understanding modern human variation
List B
Introduction to Toxicology
Case studies in Forensic Science
Evolutionary Biology
Advanced Cell Biology
Advanced Crime Scene

Year 3 (Placement)
You may choose to complete an optional 30-week minimum or a short 5 week industrial work placement. You´ll get an opportunity to include a period of academic study during this time. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 3/4 (Final year)

Core units
Advanced Forensic Science: Enhance your knowledge and critical thinking skills for scientific and analytical principals underlying the practice of forensic science. You´ll gain in-depth knowledge of key areas of forensic science.

Independent Research Project: An opportunity to gain experience of researching a topic of your choice and to show your ability in reporting your research. This experience is considered essential for pursuing academic or professional research at a higher level of responsibility and achievement.

Option units
Semester 1
(choose either Seekers, Believers & Iconoclasts and one unit from either List A or List B or chose one from List A and one from List B).
Seekers, Believers & Iconoclasts - Science & Thought

List A
The Science of Human Remains
Forensic Toxicology
Advanced topics in Genetics

List B
Archaeological Management
Later Prehistory of Britain

Semester 2 (chose one):
Forensic Practice
Animals & Society
Roman Britain

Salidas profesionales

Historical preservation
Archaeological consultancies
Local government services
Forensic sciences.

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