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  MSc Funerary Archaeology

University of York    Department of Archaeology

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 Year Full Time / 2-3 Years Part Time Award winner
Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16) History & Archaeology (19)

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Unleash your passion for unraveling the mysteries of the past with the MSc Funerary Archaeology programme at the University of York. Delve into the diverse burial practices of ancient societies and gain a deep understanding of life and death through a truly interdisciplinary approach. With core modules like 'Debates in Funerary Archaeology' and 'Skeletal Evidence for Health in the Past', along with a range of captivating option modules, you'll have the flexibility to tailor your studies to your interests. The course's emphasis on hands-on experience, field trips to historical sites, and learning from renowned specialists sets it apart. Upon completion, you'll possess advanced skills in analysing human remains, engaging with current debates, and communicating research findings effectively. Entry requirements include a 2:1 in Archaeology or related fields, with consideration for mature students and those with relevant professional experience. Join us at York, where you'll thrive in a supportive and stimulating academic environment, surrounded by the rich archaeological heritage of the UK's capital.

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Bring past people to life

5thin the UK QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2023

20thin the world QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2023

Past societies responded to and treated their dead in a range of diverse ways, providing archaeologists with crucial insights into their workings. 

Funerary archaeology combines analysis of human remains with their archaeological context to take a truly interdisciplinary approach to studying both life and death in the past. 

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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 professional experience and enthusiasm for 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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