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Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (with a placement year)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS tariff points to include at least one A Level Science subject.

As UCAS tariff. Science subject is required.

112 UCAS tariff points to include at least 1 Higher Level Science subject at grade 6 plus 2 other Higher Level subjects at grade 5. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B. (Language A: Literature, Literature and Performance and Language ab initio are not accepted).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

As UCAS tariff. Science subject required.

As UCAS tariff. To include one Advanced Higher Science subject.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 UCAS tariff points to include at least one A Level Science subject, which can include Psychology, Mathematics, Geology, Anthropology or Archaeology. Plus GCSE English, Maths and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Forensic archaeology

This degree explores how archaeological techniques and the analysis of human remains are used in a forensic (medico-legal) context.

You will gain a full grounding in archaeological excavation, surveying and recording of crime scenes.

In addition, you will also learn about human anatomy and anthropological analysis of human remains, including age, sex, ancestry assessment and the analysis and interpretation of trauma.

Specialist modules will allow you to understand how scientific techniques are used to build up a biological profile of unidentified remains; processes of decomposition (and preservation) of human tissues and associated materials; trauma analysis; and forensic identification of living people.

You'll also gain an understanding of scientific principles and how data should be presented in a legal context.

**Placement year**
You can spend a year as a paid employee of an approved organisation. This experience allows you to apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems, learn about work practices, and improve your career prospects.
The placement provides an excellent introduction to the careers market in crime scene investigation, forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology and equips students extremely well for employment in the sector.

**Professional accreditation**
This course is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

**Rankings**
We are ranked 7th in the UK for Forensic Science in the Complete University Guide 2021.

We are also ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Archaeology in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject.

Our BSc (Hons) Archaeology and BSc (Hons) Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology programmes received 94% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020.

Modules

Year 1: Archaeological Theory and Method (core), Field Recording Methods (core), Independent Study for Forensic Scientists (core), Introduction to Biological Anthropology (core), Principles of Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation (core), Scientific Frameworks (core) Year 2: Archaeology Field Course (core), Biometrics and Human Identification (core), Forensic Examination and Analysis of Physical Evidence (core), Human Remains and Environmental Evidence (core), Instrumental Analysis (option), Laboratory Science (option), Relevant elective module (option), Virtual Anatomy for Forensic Sciences (option) Year 3: Placement year Year 4: Forensic Anthropology (core), Forensic Archaeology (core), Forensic Research Project (core), Forensic Taphonomy: the degradation of human remains and death-scene materials (core), Interpretation and Presentation of Forensic Evidence for Forensic Science (core), Advanced Methods in Forensic Anthropology (option), Relevant elective module (option)

Assessment methods

The teaching and learning strategy takes into consideration the learning outcomes, progression through the levels of study, the nature of the subject and the student intake, and the need for you to take greater responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the programme. The assessment strategy is designed to support the learning outcomes of the BSc Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology and to assess your knowledge and understanding of the three themes: forensic archaeology, forensic anthropology and interpretation and evaluation of physical evidence. A wide range of formative and summative assessment methods are used, including essays, worksheets, laboratory reports, reflective journals and examinations, to help you develop a wide range of subject specific, personal transferable and professional skills. Formal lectures will facilitate your acquisition of knowledge and understanding and discipline specific professional skills. Laboratory sessions run in conjunction with the theoretical components will give you the opportunity to enhance your understanding of particular topics. Field courses and simulated crime scenarios allow you to develop core scene-based skills.These will also help to develop professional skills personal transferable skills. Directed study, involving directed reading of appropriate texts and the preparation of assessed work, is used to develop all learning outcomes. The simulated crime scenes, field courses and laboratory work allow for the further development of all the learning outcomes and career development

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,160
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bradford

Department:

School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
med
Forensic archaeology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,800
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Natural and social science professionals
13%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

General, applied and forensic sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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