Swiss Human Institute of Forensic Taphonomy (SHIFT)

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Training and Research

SHIFT's collaborators are involved in the following training and education programs:

  • Master MSc in Human Taphonomy
    • Implementation of a Master's degree (2 years, 120 ECTS) at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) in an international context (one month teaching in the field at the University of Quebec Trois-Rivières UQTR in Canada).

  • Academic teaching

Pre-grade education



Affiliations *

Forensic Medicine

Medicine (Master)

  • University of Lausanne (FBM)

Biology and Genetic

Religious Sciences (Bachelor)

Forensic Sciences (Master)

Biology (Master)

  • University of Lausanne (FBM, FDCA, FTSR)


Forensic Sciences (Bachelor)

Radiographer (Bachelor)

Anthropology / Archaeology (Master)

  • University of Lausanne (FDCA)
  • University of Geneva

Toxicology and Entomology

Radiographer (Bachelor)



Postgraduate education

Forensic Medicine and Anthropology

Doctoral school in biomedical sciences

  • University of Geneva


* Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM), Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences (FTSR), Faculty of Law, Criminal Sciences and Public Administration (FDCA), Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

  HES-SO: University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (University of Health Vaud (HESAV))


The scientific research work carried out by SHIFT is built around disciplines such as (non-exhaustive list) 

  • Anthropology and archaeology
  • Environmental, animal and plant genetics
  • Biology including entomology
  • Taphonomy