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About the course

Bioarchaeology is an exciting and fast-advancing field which combines archaeology with branches of the natural sciences to study key topics such as past health and well-being, diet, ecology, subsistence strategies and environmental impacts.

Our MSc in Bioarchaeology aims to develop a broad understanding of these issues through the study of human remains. Students on this programme will also have the opportunity to study animal remains, as well as floral and faunal evidence depending which pathway they choose to follow. 

The three available Bioarchaeology pathways are:

  • MSc Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology
  • MSc Bioarchaeology: Zooarchaeology
  • MSc Bioarchaeology: Forensic Anthropology

The programme develops advanced practical skills in skeletal analysis, making use of the

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Archaeology or a related subject (for example, Anthropology, Biology, Geography or Environmental Science) at first degree level.

For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.

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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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