Forensic Anthropology: Skeletal Analysis

Forensic Anthropology: Skeletal Analysis

Learning Outcome


Forensic Anthropologists use the bones of skeletons to solve criminal cases. Their role involves conducting skeletal analysis and applying techniques used in archaeology, which is a detailed and fascinating process.

If you’re considering a career in this field and are interested in forensics or anthropology, then this course is perfect for you. Through this specialist training course, you will learn just how forensic anthropology works and how a skeletal analysis is conducted. It will show you how to recover bones to determine who died and how to determine the gender and age of the skeletal remains. It will also deepen your knowledge of osteology, and the code of ethics regarding skeletal investigations.

Develop the practical and theoretical understanding you need to fast track your career, and take your first steps towards securing a role in this fascinating field.

Course Design

The course is delivered through our online learning platform, accessible through any internet-connected device. There are no formal deadlines or teaching schedules, meaning you are free to study the course at your own pace.

You are taught through a combination of

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After successfully completing the course, learners will be able to order an endorsed certificate as proof of their new achievement. Endorsed certificates can be ordered and get delivered to your home by post for only £129.00. There is an additional £10 postage charge for international students.

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After successfully completing the assessment of this course, you will qualify for the CPD Certificate from One Education as proof of your continued expert development. Certificate is available in PDF format, at the cost of £9, or a hard copy can be sent to you via post, at the cost of £15.


This course has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an acknowledged lesson. One Education will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example, progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information, please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

Method of Assessment

To assess your learning, you have to complete the assignment questions provided at the end of the course. You have to score at least 60% to pass the exam and to qualify for Quality Licence Scheme endorsed, and CPD acknowledged certificates. 

After submitting the assignment, our expert tutor will assess your assignment and will give you feedback on your performance.

After passing the assignment exam, you will be able to apply for a certificate.

Why Study This Course

It doesn’t matter if you are an aspiring expert or absolute beginner; this course will enhance your expertise and boost your CV with critical skills and an acknowledged certificate attesting to your knowledge.

The Forensic Anthropology: Skeletal Analysis is fully available to anyone, and no previous lessons are needed to enrol. All One Education needs to know is that you are eager to learn and are over 16.

Course Curriculum

Section 01: Course outline
Course outline 00:05:00
Section 02: The field of Anthropology
What is Anthropology? 00:01:00
Introduction to Anthropology 01:08:00
Section 03: Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology 00:01:00
Role of Forensic Anthropology 01:05:00
Section 04: Human Osteology
Human Osteology 00:01:00
Human Osteology and Skeletal Biology 01:00:00
Supplemental bone identification video lecture 00:02:00
Section 05: Comparative Osteology
Comparative Osteology 02:15:00
Supplemental comparative osteology video lecture 00:04:00
Section 06: Estimation of sex from skeletal remains
Estimating sex from skeletal elements 00:05:00
Estimating sex from human remains PowerPoint 03:00:00
Section 07: Estimating age at death from skeletal remains
Estimating age at death from skeletal remains 00:01:00
Estimate age at death PowerPoint 02:45:00
Supplemental age estimation video lecture 00:04:00
Supplemental age estimation video lecture number 2 00:02:00
Section 08: Estimating stature, BMI, and MNI
Estimating Stature, BMI, and MNI 00:01:00
Estimating stature, BMI, and MNI PowerPoint 00:35:00
Section 09: Estimating ancestral affiliation
Estimating ancestry 00:02:00
Estimating ancestry PowerPoint 01:35:00
Supplemental ancestry estimation video lecture 00:04:00
Section 10: Analyzing bones for trauma
Analyzing trauma 00:01:00
How does trauma present on the skeleton; Projectile trauma 03:05:00
Sharp force trauma 00:40:00
Blunt force trauma 01:05:00
Supplemental trauma analysis video lecture 00:05:00
Section 11: Writing it up!
Writing it up! How to produce a professional report 00:01:00
Writing it up PowerPoint presentation 00:45:00
Section 12: Ethical Considerations
Ethical considerations 00:01:00
Physical anthropology code of ethics 00:55:00
Forensic anthropology code of ethics 00:10:00
Ethical code for human rights work 07:55:00
Section 13: Exercise Answers
Sex estimation exercise key 00:15:00
Age estimation exercise key 00:05:00
Ancestry estimation exercise key 00:15:00
Bone identification exercise key 00:15:00
Trauma exercise key 00:20:00
Section 14: Textbooks
Supplemental textbook recommendations video 00:02:00
Assignment -Forensic Anthropology: Skeletal Analysis 3 weeks, 2 days
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