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)

BBiology 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


* Faculté de biologie et de médecine (FBM), Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions (FTSR), Faculté de droit, des sciences    criminelles et d'administration publique (FDCA), Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques (SSP))
  HES-SO : Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale (Haute Ecole de Santé 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