MSc Early Prehistory and Human Origins


University of York    Department of Archaeology

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time / 2-3 years part-time Award winner
History & Archaeology (19)

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Embark on a captivating journey through time with our MSc Early Prehistory and Human Origins programme. Delve into the depths of what it means to be human as you explore early prehistoric societies from three million to 5,000 years ago. Immerse yourself in the dynamic field of archaeology and human evolution, working alongside world-renowned specialists. With the opportunity to conduct pioneering research and gain hands-on experience at the York Museum, you'll develop a deep understanding of our ancient past. Tailor your studies to your interests, visit mesmerizing rock art, and graduate equipped for careers in research, heritage, and academia.

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Explore what it means to be human

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What makes us ‘human’? How did early human societies work? How different were Neanderthals from ourselves and why did they die out? What was life like in the Ice Age? 

Debate these questions and many others within a lively research environment as you build up your knowledge and experience of early prehistoric societies from three million to 5,000 years ago.

The archaeology of human origins is a fascinating and dynamic area of research, with new evidence and theories constantly changing our interpretation of who we are. 

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Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology or a related field.

Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant experience in this field will be considered. To find out if your professional experience or qualifications are appropriate, please contact the Course Director.

You will need to submit examples of written work with your application.

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

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