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Course content

  • Prepare for a career in bioarchaeological research, the commercial sector or heritage management
  • Focus on issues such as gender and the life course, childhood, migration, diet and health
  • Join a world-leading Department with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research
  • Benefit from dedicated laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities

What will you study?

Compulsory modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • issue and Debates in Bioarchaeology
  • Research Skills and Career Learning

Optional modules include:


  • Human Bioarchaeology 
  • Food and Culture
  • Zooarchaeology 
  • Applications of Micromorphological Analysis 
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
  • Climate Change and Human Communities
  • Our Closest Cousins? Archaeology of the Neanderthals 
  • Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology 

Medieval Archaeology 

  • Viking Interactions in the West 
  • Colonisation and Cultural Transformation: the archaeology of crusading 
  • The Medieval Landscape 
  • Analysing the Medieval Townscape 
  • Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology

Old World Archaeology 

  • Interpreting Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain 
  • Themes and Approaches in the Study of Mesopotamia 
  • Material Cultures and Identities in the Roman Empire 
  • The Archaeology of Money: Coins, Power and Society 

Placement and Career 

  • Archaeological Graphics 
  • Research and Enterprise Placement 
  • Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement 
  • Management of Heritage Assets 
  • Quantitative Methods 

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our graduates go on to full-time employment within archaeology and related consultancies or units, museums and government agencies. Up to one third continue their academic career through doctoral research. In recent years, graduates have been successful in obtaining appointments with heritage agencies (Historic England, National Trust) and universities, including Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter and Newcastle.

Visit the Archaeology (Bioarchaeology) MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!






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