Taught course

Archaeology (Bioarchaeology)

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class degree, in archaeology, anthropology, history or a cognate discipline; other qualifications considered

Months of entry


Course content

Learn how to uncover the secrets of past lives through the study of human and animal skeletons. With this specialist master’s in bioarchaeology, you’ll gain expertise in human anatomy, with unlimited access to our large skeletal collection.

You’ll also develop skills in faunal analysis; we have one of the largest reference collections of mammals, birds and fish in the UK.

Your specialist bioarcheology learning will cover:vanalysing human bones to understand age, sex, diet, health and migration; identifying mammals, birds and fish through skeletal remains; understanding fossilisation and bone modification; interpreting archaeology from collections of remains.

We're ranked 6th in the UK for archaeology (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).

Information for international students

English language: Band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/funding/postgraduate.page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)23 8059 2980