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  Bioarchaeology: Zooarchaeology 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: Zooarchaeology MSc programme at Exeter. Dive into the fascinating world of animal remains and their significance in unraveling historical mysteries. Through a blend of traditional archaeology and natural sciences, you will explore past human-animal interactions, hunting patterns, and environmental contexts. The course offers a diverse range of modules, each designed to enhance your understanding of bioarchaeology. From anatomical variation to palaeopathological conditions, you will delve deep into the field's core principles. To join this enriching programme, a 2:2 Honours degree in relevant subjects is required. However, if you possess equivalent academic background or relevant work experience, your application is welcome. Stand out in the job market with a comprehensive skill set, preparing you for roles in commercial archaeology or the heritage sector. Benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, including dedicated labs and reference collections, ensuring a hands-on learning experience. Embark on a rewarding career or pursue further studies with the support of expert staff. Join us at Exeter and unlock the secrets of the past through bioarchaeology.

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  • Our Zooarchaeology course combines traditional archaeology with branches of natural sciences to examine animal remains and their importance in understanding a broad range of economic and cultural issues
  • You will study faunal evidence to develop an understanding of past human interactions with animals and will learn how to interpret past patterns of hunting and husbandry within their environmental and social context
  • Our bioarchaeology lab is dedicated to the study of anatomical variation, palaeopathological conditions, and the funerary context of human and animal remains
  • 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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