Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need an Honours degree (minimum 2.1) in anthropology, archaeology or a related field

Alternative qualifications, coupled with a significant period of relevant work experience, will also be considered

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

For North American students, a GPA of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent) is usually required.​

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Bioarchaeology is an exciting and fast-moving interdisciplinary field which combines archaeology with the natural sciences to discover how ancient populations lived. Study for this Masters in Bioarchaeology at Liverpool John Moores University and gain hands-on experience of archaeology excavations at the Poulton Project, carry out novel research and discover new laboratory techniques.

  • Complete this Masters degree in one year (full-time)
  • Gain a broad-based foundation in the field of Bioarchaeology, combining theoretical knowledge and hands-on applied learning at the cutting edge of Bioarchaeology
  • Benefit from world-leading, specialist teaching in dental anthropology, ancient DNA and virtual methods in bioarchaeology, with lectures and practical sessions delivered by specialists in their field
  • Learn from our academic team of internationally recognised experts who are active in research - both in the UK and abroad - through our Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology
  • Study in some of the best-equipped specialist laboratory settings in the country, featuring extensive human skeletal collections and well-equipped research laboratories
  • Look forward to excellent employment prospects in a wide range of disciplines

The programme combines theoretical knowledge and hands-on applied learning at the cutting edge of the field of bioarchaeology.

LJMU has world-leading specialist teaching in dental anthropology, ancient DNA and virtual methods in bioarchaeology, which is delivered through lectures and practicals by specialists.

Our academic team of internationally recognised experts are active researchers – both in Britain and abroad – through our Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology. The Centre was founded in 2004 and specialises in forensic anthropology, human variation and evolution and the study of animal societies. Our teaching staff offer a programme of study that combines theoretical knowledge and hands-on applied learning.

At LJMU we have some of the best-equipped specialist laboratory settings in the country. Our outstanding facilities include:

  • Anthropology laboratories with a dedicated laboratory for postgraduate research
  • DNA laboratory facilities, including ancient DNA laboratories
  • An extensive human skeletal reference collection
  • State-of-the-art surveying equipment (including resistivity equipment, magnetometer, differential and hand-held GPS and total station theodolite)
  • A dedicated virtual anthropology laboratory with laser scanners, 3D printers, photogrammetry equipment, digital X-ray facilities and specialist software for CT and other big data processing
  • Clean labs with fume cupboards for chemical work
  • A drone technology laboratory with simulator facilities
  • Scanning electron, laser confocal and other high-end microscopes
  • Wet labs for artefact and environmental sample processing
  • Sets of high and low-power teaching microscopes

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090