Taught course

Human Bioarchaeology

University of Winchester · Department of Archaeology

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in Archaeology or a related discipline. It is also expected that the applicant will have already taken an undergraduate level module in Human Bioarchaeology/Human Osteology or equivalent, or have participated in a bioarchaeological/osteological field school.

Months of entry


Course content

MRes Human Bioarchaeology at Winchester offers an intensive research-training programme with a high level of supervisorial contact. This is a unique course that gives students the opportunity to study the practical and theoretical aspects of human bioarchaeological research, while also undertaking an in-depth research project of their own choice.

Study examines approaches and methodologies, theoretical underpinnings and practical applications in archaeological research, with some modules focusing on the practical and theoretical aspects specific to Human Bioarchaeology.

The programme is suitable for those who have a clear idea of a human bioarchaeological research topic which they may wish to follow to PhD, but who need to acquire new research skills or hone existing ones. This programme is also suitable for those working in the archaeology, heritage or environment sector wishing to enhance their research experience.

Departmental staff have particular expertise and access to skeletal collections relevant to research in:
The Roman Period
The Early and Later Medieval Periods
Medieval Hospitals
Leprosy in the Medieval Period
Skeletal Trauma
Deviant Burials
Commingled and Disarticulated Remains
Cremated Remains

In addition to a substantive piece of research, students undertake five core modules:
Human Osteology I
Human Osteology II
Research Methods in Archaeology
Formulating, Designing and Managing Archaeological Research Projects
Personal Research Methodology

Modes of teaching include lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars and workshops. Attendance at departmental/research centre seminars enables students to share their experiences.

Assessment is by means of a series of essays, reports, exams and a blog/diary. One module takes the student through the process of producing an academic standard research paper. Students apply the research skills developed in the production of a substantive piece of research of 20,000-25,000 words on a Human Bioarchaeological topic of their choice, supervised by a member of staff with relevant research interests.

MRes Human Bioarchaeology acts as a basis for an advanced career within archaeology, or related discipline, or as preparation for undertaking an MPhil or PhD.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

Home and EU tuition fee: £4,900
International tuition fee: £10,900

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234