Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Archaeology or a related subject (for example, Anthropology, Biology, Geography or Environmental Science) at first degree level. Applicants with non-standard qualifications should contact the College of Humanities Postgraduate Administrator to discuss admission.
Learn more at the entry requirements page.
Months of entry
Bioarchaeology is an exciting and fast-advancing field which combines archaeology with branches of the natural sciences to study key topics such as past health and well-being, diet, ecology, subsistence strategies and environmental impacts.
The MSc in Bioarchaeology aims to develop a broad understanding of these issues through the study of human remains. Students on this programme will also have the opportunity to study animal remains, as well as floral and faunal evidence depending which pathway they choose to follow.
The three available Bioarchaeology pathways are:
- MSc Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology
- MSc Bioarchaeology: Zooarchaeology
- MSc Bioarchaeology: Forensic Anthropology
The programme develops advanced practical skills in skeletal analysis, making use of the department’s well-provisioned specialist laboratories and reference collections. A particular strength of our provision is that we are able to address the bioarchaeology of both the New and Old Worlds. Those completing the programme acquire the skills necessary to continue into academic research or employment, as an osteologist in field units, museums or CRM companies.
It allows you to specialise in one of two named pathways:
- Human Osteology (physical anthropology and funerary archaeology); or
- Zooarchaeology (animal bones and other faunal remains).
Information for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Fees and funding
Learn more at the fees and funding page.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Archaeology
- +44 (0) 1392 724350