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Enter the fascinating world of forensics, and learn how the deceased are located, recovered and analysed using DNA and pathology Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at FutureLearn.

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The location, exhumation and identification of the dead requires highly specialised expertise. On Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at FutureLearn , you’ll learn the latest scientific techniques for body location, recovery and analysis.

Key facts:

Through a series of real-life case studies, video lab sessions, interactive 3D models, photographs and podcasts, you’ll explore key forensic techniques.

You’ll learn how to locate gravesites, excavate human remains, and determine factors like sex and age-at-death from the skeleton. You will also understand how to identify pathology on the skeleton, and be introduced to DNA analysis.

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?
  • Body location and recovery in forensic contexts
  • Osteoprofiling (skeletal analysis of sex, age-at-death, stature)
  • Identification of pathology and trauma
  • Latest developments in biomolecular techniques
  • Taphonomic processes (decomposition and commingling of human remains)
  • Forensic case studies (e.g. post-conflict regions, mass disasters)

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 days
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course is suitable for anyone intrigued by forensic archaeology and anthropology.
  • The course is specifically designed for forensic, crime scene, and police practitioners who require training in anthropological and archaeological techniques.
  • It will be useful for undergraduate forensics students or those interested in studying forensic archaeology and anthropology at university.
  • It may also be useful to those working in legal and human rights contexts who require an understanding of forensic methods.

Tuition Fee

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  • National

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 36 days.

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  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
  • Access to this course’s tests as well as a print and digital Certificate of Achievement once you’re eligible


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