This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This short course introduces the contribution of biological anthropology to the study of a forensic context.

At a glance

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:
  • Explain the role of biological anthropology in forensic science
  • Recognise, name and accurately describe any human bone
  • Distinguish human bones from the most common animal bones
  • From an almost complete skeleton, distinguish between sexes and determine approximate age, stature and ethnic ancestry
  • Combine a series of different bone identifications and draw conclusions as to possible identities of an individual
  • Appraise and defend the possibilities and limitations of the techniques.

Core content

  • History of forensic anthropology
  • The place of forensic anthropology in a criminal investigation
  • Types of information that forensic anthropology reveals and an assessment of its reliability
  • Distinguishing human from non - human bones
  • Identifying minimum number of individuals
  • Basic human skeletal anatomy
  • Determination of age and sex of an individual from juvenile and adult skeletal remains
  • Determination of stature from whole and fragmentary remains
  • Assessment of ethnic ancestry
  • Basic dentition
  • The limitations of skeletal analysis.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This short course will be taught at Masters standard as it is one of the modules that comprise the postgraduate Forensic Modular Masters Programme. Registering for this Short Course For Credit and successfully passing the associated assessment will gain you 10 Cranfield credits. These could then be used to apply for a transfer towards a PgCert/PgDip or MSc in the Forensic Programme should you wish to complete one of these courses within 5 years.


Find out more about short course credit points.


The short courses are modules of the Forensic Modular Masters Programme, which is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.



Sponsored by company - £1,750

Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend) - £875

Alumni/Current Student - £435

Accommodation options and prices

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How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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