Taught course


University of York · Department of Archaeology

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will need a good honours degree (upper second or first) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in archaeology, anthropology, biology or related fields or appropriate relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Like a handful of comparable courses, the York MSc in Bioarchaeology provides training in the advanced osteoarchaeological analysis of skeletal remains. Uniquely, however, it is the only course in the UK to combine this discipline with the molecular analysis of human remains. Nowhere else can you immerse yourself in the study of stable isotopes, lipid residue analysis, palaeoproteomics and ancient DNA – and play an active role in the development of new techniques in this constantly evolving branch of archaeology. In 2014, seven of the top 100 discoveries in science were in archaeology, and BioArCh staff were involved in three of these.

  • Advanced training in human osteoarchaeology, delivered by the UK’s leading practitioners
  • Study ancient biomolecules in world-class facilities at the BioArch centre and Department of Biology
  • Unique opportunity to combine bioarchaeology with complementary subjects and tailor a course to suit your interests
  • Access an incredible range of in-house analytical equipment
  • Take part in cutting-edge science and build essential practical skills
  • Work alongside leading researchers and academics in a diverse range of specialisms
  • Work on diverse material that is often ‘fresh out of the ground’ and make valuable contributions to live projects Receive career and research guidance from staff with significant experience in the sector and a track record of successfully placing PhD students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323963