Taught course

Biological Anthropology

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent in a relevant subject area and/or relevant comprehensive professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Biological Anthropology is the study of evolution and variation in human populations and of the interactions between human biology and environment. This combines our international reputation for anthropology, archaeology and biology, specifically including studies in primatology, evolutionary anthropology, human osteology, zooarchaeology, but also (paeleo-) ecology and behaviour.

This exciting course gives a core grounding in human evolution, primate behaviour and ecology, the origins of human behaviour and how hominines adapted to their environment, as well as human and animal skeletal analysis. Ultimately this course offers a uniquely wide range of suitable project topics that can prepare you for a career in a variety of aligned fields.

Core Modules:

  • Human Evolution
  • Human Functional Anatomy
  • Primate Behaviour & Ecology
  • Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology
  • Research Project

Option Modules (choose 1):

  • Principles & Methods in Human Osteology
  • Techniques of Archaeological Recovery & Recording
    (& 1 of)
  • Archaeology of Human Remains
  • Bodies of Evidence - Skeletal Changes Before & After Death
  • Humans, Animals & Diet

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course is normally: IELTS (academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
For 2017 entry: £6,000
International students
For 2017 entry: £14,500

For fees and funding information, please visit www.bournemouth.ac.uk/pg-funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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