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  Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology MSc

University of Exeter    Archaeology and History

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Biological Sciences (4) Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16) History & Archaeology (19) Medicine (26)

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Unleash your passion for archaeology with the Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology MSc programme at Exeter. Dive into the fascinating world of human osteology and palaeopathology through hands-on laboratory experiences and engaging classes. The programme offers a diverse range of modules, each designed to enhance your understanding of bioarchaeology and its interdisciplinary nature. From anatomical variation to palaeobotany, you will explore a wide array of topics under the guidance of expert researchers. To embark on this exciting academic journey, you'll need a 2:2 Honours degree in a related field or relevant work experience. Don't meet the exact criteria? Reach out for advice – your unique background could be a perfect fit. With state-of-the-art facilities, including dedicated laboratories and extensive reference collections, you'll have all the tools you need to excel in your studies. Prepare for a rewarding career in archaeology or heritage, or pursue further research at the PhD level. Join us at Exeter and unlock your potential in the field of bioarchaeology.

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  • Learn how to identify the bones of the human skeleton and undertake analysis of human skeleton remains
  • To aid your studies, we have a laboratory dedicated to the study of anatomical variation and palaeopathological conditions in human and animal bones
  • This fast-advancing field combines archaeology with branches of natural sciences

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The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

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Entry Requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in their first degree in archaeology, history, ancient history, anthropology, biology, geography, geology, chemistry, heritage, or similar. While we normally only accept applicants who meet these criteria, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

You are welcome to make informal enquiries for advice in advance of your formal application.

For full details, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please visit our course page.


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