Taught course

Human Osteoarchaeology

University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, US GPA 3.4 or other international equivalent, in a subject relevant to this programme.

  • Relevant subjects include as archaeology, anthropology, anatomy, medical sciences and related fields.

  • Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*No previous knowledge of human osteology is required.

  • Depending on the number of eligible applicants, we may need to limit the number of students admitted. In this case places will be offered on academic merit.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Human skeletal remains are the most direct evidence of past lifeways and their scientific investigation gives unique insights into human history.

Bioarchaeology (the study of archaeological human remains) is an exciting field that draws on a variety of techniques, ranging from visual examination of the whole skeleton to the biomolecular analysis of small bone samples. Demographic shifts, environmental changes, migrations, the spread of diseases and the impact of violence and conflict all leave traces on the skeleton.

This MSc provides the skills required to understand skeletal biographies and interpret them in their cultural context at the individual and the population level. Combining theoretical learning with hands-on practice, we will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential to your handling and analysis of specimens recovered from archaeological sites.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Office
+44 (0) 131 650 3772