Postgraduate

Master of Forensic Anthropology

Take Forensic Anthropology to the next level with state of the art research and population specific standards for Forensic, DVI and humanitarian investigation of the human skeleton.
2
Years Full Time

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Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Many students who choose this program are likely to do so to achieve the necessary osteological/forensic knowledge to apply for PhD study upon course completion. Others are seeking employment in mainstream forensics. To that end, graduates of this course may find employment opportunities as a forensic scientist generally (or anthropologist specifically) in both the public and private sector, including areas such as the forensic science industry, science-based industries, teaching, government agencies, state and federal police, ASIO, correctional services; and community services. Other possible career options include working as a freelance forensic anthropologist, or employment with a private forensic company, a national institution, or the United Nations.
Many students who choose this program are likely to do so to achieve the necessary osteological/forensic knowledge to apply for PhD study upon course completion. Others are seeking employment in mainstream forensics. To that end, graduates of this course may find employment opportunities as a forensic scientist generally (or anthropologist specifically) in both the public and private sector, including areas such as the forensic science industry, science-based industries, teaching, government agencies, state and federal police, ASIO, correctional services; and community services. Other possible career options include working as a freelance forensic anthropologist, or employment with a private forensic company, a national institution, or the United Nations.
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Further Study

 Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

 Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

Fees and scholarships

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Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2020
$59,200.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

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International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2019
$78,600.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$80,200.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
or
(b) a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

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Course details

The Master of Forensic Anthropology coursework enables students to undertake advanced studies in forensic anthropology, while developing an in-depth knowledge of the human skeleton. Students will gain a practical understanding of the scientist’s role within the Australian legal system, and have the opportunity to explore various anthropological techniques using traditional and digital modalities. There is considerable diversity of research related to forensic anthropology, ranging from morphometrics through to computer-graphic facial reconstruction; inter-disciplinary research is encouraged.

About The Course

The Master of Forensic Anthropology has been designed specifically for students to gain knowledge in current developments in forensic sciences and particularly those medical and social sciences which are of direct relevance to the application to forensic anthropology.
Master of Forensic Anthropology

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • 8-12 hours
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 72580
CRICOS code
  • 093807B
Master of Forensic Anthropology
Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • 8-12 hours
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 72580
CRICOS code
  • 093807B
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Forensic Anthropology

Top 5 reasons to study

  • Achieve necessary knowledge and training towards gaining employment in mainstream forensics.
  • Achieve necessary knowledge and training suitable to pursue further research opportunities (Master; PhD) upon course completion.
  • Learn how specialised forensic practitioners work collaboratively in response to criminal and other activity (e.g., homicide; genocide; DVI; terrorism).
  • Gain the opportunity to work in a laboratory environment specifically designed to accommodate forensic anthropological requirements for professional practice.
  • Participate in moot and real-world practical excavations focusing on the recovery of forensic (or historical) evidence of past human activities.

Top 5 skills you'll develop

  • Ability to analyse physical human remains (skeletal and dental materials).
  • Ability to interpret post-mortem modifications to human remains (forensic taphonomy).
  • Search and recovery of human remains using forensic archaeological protocols in a variety of depositional contexts (surface; sub-surface).
  • Understanding of forensic practice as it relates to judicial requirements in Australia (specifically) and internationally (broadly).
  • Ability to prepare and present professional reports for the judiciary.

Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.

The Centre for Forensic Anthropology

The Centre for Forensic Anthropology is committed to the development of a new generation of morphometric tools and standards for application in forensic identification in Western Australia. A requirement in routine casework involving unidentified skeletal remains is the formulation of an accurate biological profile.

Choice of method is invariably related to skeletal preservation and by association the bones available. It is vital however that the method applied affords statistical quantification of accuracy rates and predictive confidence, so that evidentiary requirements for legal submission are met. Achieving the latter requires the application of contemporary population-specific standards.

Our research group is working towards developing these standards through the integration of morphological computer-based (geometric morphometric) analytical approaches and multivariate isotopic and elemental chemical methods for the identification of unknown human remains. The Anthropology research group is keen to develop a ‘Human Identification Package’ (HIP) for specific application within forensic casework and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI).

The group welcomes international and interdisciplinary collaborations of value to the fields of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. Follow us on Facebook.

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