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

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

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,750 Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Examine the role of the forensic anthropologist  
  • Recognise, name and describe the bones of the human skeleton 
  • Differentiate human from non-human bones  
  • Estimate the sex, age-at-death, stature and ancestry from a skeleton

Core content

  • Introduction to human skeletal anatomy, biomechanics, and forensic anthropology 
  • Bone and tooth identification and taphonomy.
  • Human vs non-human bone
  • Biological profile estimation (age-at-death, sex, stature, ancestry)
  • Analysis of a human skeleton

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This 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 course is a module 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


There are limited places on these modules. You may not receive an offer until places have been confirmed, usually 1 to 2 weeks before the start date.

Accommodation options and prices

Please contact us for information regarding accommodation.

How to apply

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

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