Taught course


Durham University · Department of Archaeology

Entry requirements

A degree in archaeology or a related subject entailing experience in historical, material culture and/or visual culture, with 2.1 honours or higher for UK degrees, or international equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Bioarchaeology focuses on the study of biological materials found in archaeological contexts to provide information about the life and environment of humans in the past. It is a fastpaced and continually evolving field with new breakthroughs and discoveries emerging almost every month.

We specialise and teach in areas such as human and animal dispersal and mobility, human health, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, human-animal-environment relations and subsistence strategies. Many of the assemblages our students work with for their research derive from ongoing staff research projects, current Departmental excavations or our in-house commercial unit, Archaeological Services. The course is aimed at inquisitive graduates from science or archaeology with or without past experience of Bioarchaeology, and for those who aspire to continue into a PhD programme or work in contract archaeology.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,700.00 per year
International students
£19,800.00 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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