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:

Funeral care preparation training

for professionals in the funeral industry (Funeral company agents and employees, thanatopraxy agents). Training presentation

Academic teaching

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 (two weeks teaching in the field at the University of Quebec Trois-Rivières UQTR in Canada).

For more information, see the Master MSc in Human Taphonomics presentation document.

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UNIL podcast on La mort dévoilée par la science de la décomposition des corps humains Presentation video of Master of taphonomy at UNIL on March 5, 2024.

Podcast of the RTS program CQFD L'université de Lausanne lance un master en taphonomie humaine ou comment faire parler un cadavre

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