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Full time & Part time September MSc Full-time: 12 months | Part-time: 24 months

About the course

The MSc in Palaeoanthropology provides an up-to-date foundation in the study of human evolution for people interested in human origins.

The programme's especially suitable for graduates with a first degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Earth or Life Sciences. You'll be able to tailor your studies to reflect you interests, by choosing from a diverse array of subjects such as:-

  • Early technologies
  • Symbols and art
  • Human osteology
  • Evolutionary theory
  • Palaeolithic archaeology
  • Research methods

You'll complete your programme with a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words on an aspect of human evolution.

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Entry Requirements

The normal requirement for entry on to a taught programme is a good 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study.

International qualifications: Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

English language qualifications: All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this.

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Dylan Jones

Why did you choose postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool?
The department has many highly regarded academics from a diverse range of backgrounds. I knew that the array of modern facilities at the University would provide an enjoyable and instructive learning environment where I could learn from the best. The various summer placement opportunities also encouraged me towards the university.

What’s the best thing about studying in your department?
For me, it is the heavily encouraged practical focus that has been facilitated by up-to-date facilities and material, providing me with the confidence needed to pursue my own projects and a career in research.

How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies?
From the moment I began at the university, the department’s facilities and the resources within it have directly exposed me to the material world of prehistory. This includes lithic technologies, decorative ornaments, skeletal specimens, and prehistoric art on the universities artificial cave wall. The workshops have then given me the ability to replicate some of this material for myself, which helps to get into the minds of the past societies that I am studying. Additionally, the modern laboratory equipment allows me to understand the discipline beyond the textbook, through the undertaking of my own research projects.

How do you believe undertaking postgraduate study will help your career prospects?
I believe that the myriad of both practical and theoretical skills I have gained throughout my studies, in addition to continued support from passionate staff members, has put me in good stead for a future within the discipline.

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?
Gaining applied practical skills can be worth more than good grades on theoretical essays, so aim at courses which encourage this and become a “yes-man” for these opportunities. This will do wonders for both your career aims and your personal growth.

If you are still uncertain which specific course you would like to undertake, take a gap year and try to gain relevant experience for your options. There’s no rush.

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