|University of Lausanne - Faculty of Biology and Medicine
School of Biology
|Head of the Master
|Vincent Varlet (Swiss Human Institute of Forensic Taphonomy)
|Master of Science in Human Taphonomy - Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en Taphonomie Humaine
|2 years (4 semesters)
|April 30 (February 28 for candidates needing a study visa)
|CHF 580.- per semester
|Secrétariat de l'Ecole de biologie
Tél. 021 692 40 10
Fax. 021 692 40 05
The following programme is still provisional, and thus subject to change.
Each semester contains one module of 30 ECTS :
Lectures, demonstrations and hands-on courses provide an introduction to human anatomy and the diversity of states in which human bodies can be found. The acquired knowledge and skills will be applied in the context of three short projects.
Lectures, demonstrations and hands-on courses explore the organic and inorganic material surrounding the dead human body, also called Cadaver Decomposition Island (CDI), and its temporal evolution. Teaching also includes environmental topics (i.e., microbiology, entomology and botany) and social topics related to human remains (i.e., localisation sciences, laws and ethics).
The acquired knowledge and skills will be applied in the context of two short projects.
This module also includes a hands-on course on real exhumations, providing the unique opportunity to work in true conditions.
Lectures, demonstrations and hands-on courses provide knowledge in forensic medicine, imaging, archaeology, anthropology, odontology, biology, genetics and toxicology, following concepts used in forensic routine at the Lausanne University Centre of Legal Medicine (CURML).
Communication skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars. The acquired knowledge will be used to design a website dedicated to a specific forensic discipline.
This module consists in carrying out an individual Master research project.
Course schedules will be published in 2024.
The pandemic has shown us that circumstances beyond our control may require us to make the following adjustments /adaptations to study plans during the semester:
Students are invited to consult this document regularly (Study Plan & Evaluation Procedure).
|Master of Science in Human Taphonomy
|Study Plan Master HT - 2024-2025 (110 Ko)
The course descriptions are available on the internet of the University of Lausanne at the page: Programmes offered at the UNIL under the heading Structure of the Stage .
For the study plans of previous academic years, please visit our Archives page.