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MSc - Bioarchaeology (with specialist pathways)

University of Exeter College of Humanities

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

This fast-advancing field combines archaeology with branches of natural sciences.

Our bioarchaeology lab is dedicated to the study of anatomical variation, palaeopathological conditions, and the funerary context of human and animal remains.

Three distinct courses with a core of shared compulsory modules and distinct course modules with optional modules.


Choose from one of the following pathways that will be named in your degree title:

MSc Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology

  • Our Human Osteology course teaches you how to identify the bones of human skeleton and how to undertake analysis of human skeleton remains
  • Our bioarchaeology lab is dedicated to the study of anatomical variation, palaeopathologocal conditions and the funerary context of human and animal remains


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Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in Archaeology or a related subject.

Applicants are also required to meet our English language requirements. Please see our website for details.

Course Content

Open days

01 March 2021
Online Postgraduate Open Day

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Student Profile(s)

Jamie Toombs

2240.jpg Human Osteology is an immensely stimulating and dynamic field. There are so many fascinating paths to walk and questions to ask. I enjoy piecing facts and people together from the broad how and why we move and grow, to unveiling the life-course of an individual, sharing each bump and scrape they took along the way. My special passion is for the molecular make-up of homo sapiens and hostile microorganisms and how this can be used to understand movement through space and time.

I have had the opportunity to visit other institutions such as the Universities of Winchester and Surrey as part of research oriented and experience garnering projects. At Winchester, I was allowed access to skeletal remains with lesions associated with leprosy and was then privileged to spend a week at Surrey receiving instruction in the analysis of ancient pathogen DNA. These have been rare and valuable experiences for which I am extremely grateful.


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