Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students are able to take modules in various aspects of Biological Anthropology throughout their degree course. In addition, many students undertake a placement in the BARC, assisting Jo Buckberry with the curation of the BARC collection.

Undergraduate modules

Teaching in the Keith Manchester Lab

Teaching in the Keith Manchester Lab.

At present there are several modules available to undergraduate students that cover the study of human skeletal remains and associated areas. Students on undergraduate degrees in Archaeological Sciences can take:

Forensic Sciences students can take the following modules:

Human Evolution

The course provides an up-to-date introduction to Human Evolution as well as developing a critical appreciation of how we know what we think we know, and how understanding changes with new techniques and discoveries. The module is compulsory for all undergraduates enrolled on undergraduate degrees in Archaeology and Archaeological Sciences.


This module introduces second year students to the analysis of plant, animal and human remains from archaeological sites, and how these are used for archaeological interpretation. The Human Remains section of the module focuses on skeletal anatomy, methods age estimation and sex assessment.

Human Osteoarchaeology

This module provides the student with an understanding of the analysis of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites through an appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues involved. It covers a wide range of topics, including age estimation, sex assessment, analysis of cremations, metrical analysis and palaeopathology, and includes weekly laboratory sessions.

Forensic Archaeology

This module introduces the interdisciplinary study of forensic archaeology and its application, including forensic taphonomy (the decay of death scene materials); crime scene management; the application of geophysics to forensic search; the location and recovery of human remains; establishing identity; case studies; and establishing time interval since death.

Forensic Anthropology

This module provides students with a basic level of knowledge and practical skills used in the identification of victims of crime, mass disasters, and other types of casualties, including age estimation, sex and ancestry assessment, and evidence of trauma and pathology.

Last Updated:06 July 2012