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Biological Anthropology is the study of evolution and variation in human populations and of the interactions between human biology and environment.

This combines our international reputation for anthropology, archaeology and biology, specifically including studies in primatology, evolutionary anthropology, human osteology, zooarchaeology, but also (paeleo-) ecology and behaviour.

This exciting course gives a core grounding in human evolution, primate behaviour and ecology, the origins of human behaviour and how hominines adapted to their environment, as well as human and animal skeletal analysis. Ultimately this course offers a uniquely wide range of suitable project topics that can prepare you for a career in a variety of aligned fields.

Master’s degrees in sciences

Please watch the recorded BU Webinar ‘Master’s Degrees in Sciences’. Presented by Paul Kneller, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at the Faculty of Science & Technology, this webinar will give you an excellent insight into the Faculty of Science & Technology postgraduate courses that BU offer.

Voluntary placements

Voluntary placements are available on this course.

Employment prospects are now truly international and BU encourages students to consider an international work placement or volunteering experience during their degree. One way could be through the EU-funded Erasmus mobility programme which supports placements and study exchanges in Europe.

Careers

Most of our MSc Biological Anthropology graduates choose to embark on a career in teaching or future research, however there are many and varied professional opportunities for biological anthropologists.

Typical starting job roles

As an MSc Biological Anthropology graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:

  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Primate Behavioural Ecology/Conservation Manager
  • Professional Osteoarchaeologist
  • Forensic Consultant

Visit the Biological Anthropology MSc page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!

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