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Postgraduate MSc

Forensic Osteology and Field Recovery Methods

Develop the practical skills required to excavate and analyse human remains in the field. You also have the opportunity to access one of the largest human skeletal collections in the UK, with extensive skeletal pathology and accompanying radiographs.

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Overview

Gain the theoretical knowledge and techniques needed to reconstruct biological profiles from hard tissue and apply this to your fieldwork. Explore the challenges of mass disasters, burials and skeletal diseases through different scientific approaches and benefit from our active research culture.

Reasons to study Forensic Osteology at Kent

  • In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 100% of our Anthropology and development studies research was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for environment. Following the REF 2021, Anthropology and development studies was ranked 14th in the UK in the Times Higher Education.
  • The School of Anthropology and Conservation houses the Skeletal Biology Research Centre (SBRC) which brings together innovative research, novel methodologies, and international collaborations. Kent Osteological Research and Analysis (KORA) is an enterprise unit based within SBRC that offers osteological analyses of human skeletal remains.
  • Learn from a team of internationally respected academics with extensive professional experience.
  • You’ll have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.
  • Expert training in a range of research methods to prepare you for independent research.
  • You’ll be supported by the Graduate and Researcher College as well as the School of Anthropology and Conservation. You are joining a strong intellectual and social community.

What you'll learn

Supported by laboratory and practical based training, you will deepen your knowledge of osteology and anatomy, growth and disease of the human skeleton and forensic identification. You will learn relevant topics, opinions and methodologies in your area of research and develop your analysis and identification skills in your fieldwork.

Your future

Higher degrees in forensic anthropology create opportunities in many employment sectors including academia, archaeology, police sector, the civil service and non-governmental organizations through work in areas such as human rights. A forensic anthropology degree also develops interpersonal and intercultural skills, which make our graduates highly desirable in any profession that involves working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

As a School recognised for its excellence in research we are one of the partners in the South East Doctoral Training Centre, which is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This relationship ensures that successful completion of our courses is sufficient preparation for research in the various fields of social anthropology. Many of our students go on to do PhD research. Others use their Master’s qualification in employment ranging from research in government departments to teaching to consultancy work overseas.

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Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

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  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

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Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

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