Post Graduation in Forensic Anthropology

Department of Life Sciences

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Academic year




Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded



1 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

Eugénia Maria Guedes Pinto Antunes da Cunha (cunhae@ci.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The fast growth of Forensic Anthropology during the last decade justifies the creation, in Portugal, of the very first course exclusively dedicated to this issue. Aims: After the attendance to this course, students will be able to be certified at level I (international certification in forensic anthropology, see http://www.swganth.org/).
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
In practical terms, attendees have to be able to evaluate the medico-legal significance of a forensic anthropology case; to recognize the several steps of a forensic anthropology expertise; be aware of the role of the forensic anthropology in the several contexts where he/she is involved; to identify all the human bones; to perform a taphonomic critic; to know how to evaluate the biological profile; to know how to evaluate traumatic injuries; to understand the forensic implications of an anthropological case.
Mode of Study
Daytime / Fridays and Saturdays
Access to Further Studies
It is planned that this course will give equivalence to part of the curricular structure of a Masters in Forensic Sciences or Forensic Anthropology, under elaboration.
Admission Requirements

Degree in Medicine, Dentistry; biology, Biochemistry; Anthropology and other biological sciences, health sciences or police sciences. Graduates in Social Sciences can be allowed, once there are surplus places.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law no 74/2006, from March 24, amended by the decree no 107/2008, from June 25, and by the decree no 230/2009, from September 14; Ordinance no. 782/2009, from July 23.
Professional Goals
Police Officers; technician of Forensic Anthropology; integration in international teams of mass disasters or crimes against humanity; experts.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements

It is mandatory to have 2 thirds of attendance plus approval in the several issues, plus approved in the final practical/oral exam.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018