Taught course


Bournemouth University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or eqivalent in a relevant disicpline or relevant comprehensive professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Osteoarchaeology is concerned with the study of human and animal remains from archaeological sites. This course provides practical skills in the identification and analysis of both human and animal bones, while providing a theoretical archaeological underpinning focused on the interpretation of human and animal remains in the context of the diet, health, natural environment, economy, social and ritual activities of past human societies.

Core Modules:

  • Humans, Animals & Diet
  • Principles & Methods in Human Osteology
  • Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology
  • Advanced Zooarchaeology
  • Research Project

Option Modules (1 of):

  • Human Functional Anatomy
  • Techniques of Archaeological Recovery & Recording

And 1 of:

  • Archaeology of Human Remains
  • Bodies of Evidence - Skeletal Changes Before & After Death

The opportunity to study both animals and human remains as part of the same course is of great benefit as the two sets of analytical skills complement and strengthen each other.

There are option units within this Osteoarchaeology course that will enable you to tailor your learning. It also provides the opportunity if you have a particular preference or aptitude for either animal or human remains the chance to specialise your studies in either area. The course is delivered by an experienced and enthusiastic team who are leading experts in their fields.

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 are normally: IELTS (academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
For 2015 entry: £5,500
International students
For 2015 entry: £13,500

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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