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Human Bioarchaeology (MRes)

Course Description

MRes Human Bioarchaeology at Winchester offers an intensive research-training programme with a high level of supervisorial contact.

Programme Content

Study examines approaches and methodologies, theoretical underpinnings and practical applications in archaeological research, with some modules focusing on the practical and theoretical aspects specific to Human Bioarchaeology.

The programme is suitable for those who have a clear idea of a human bioarchaeological research topic which they may wish to follow to PhD, but who need to acquire new research skills or hone existing ones. This programme is also suitable for those working in the archaeology, heritage or environment sector wishing to enhance their research experience.

Departmental staff have particular expertise and access to skeletal collections relevant to research in:
- The Roman Period
- The Early and Later Medieval Periods
- Medieval Hospitals
- Leprosy in the Medieval Period
- Skeletal Trauma
- Deviant Burials
- Commingled and Disarticulated Remains
- Cremated Remains

- PgDip/PgCert
Please note the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate exit qualifications have a different title to reflect the research element: PgDip Human Bioarchaeological Research and PgCert Human Bioarchaeological Research.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/mres-human-bioarchaeology.aspx


In addition to a substantive piece of research, students undertake five core modules:
- Human Osteology I
- Human Osteology II
- Research Methods in Archaeology
- Formulating, Designing and Managing Archaeological Research Projects
- Personal Research Methodology

Learning and Teaching

Modes of teaching include lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars and workshops. Attendance at departmental/research centre seminars enables students to share their experiences.


Assessment is by means of a series of essays, reports, exams and a blog/diary. One module takes the student through the process of producing an academic standard research paper. Students apply the research skills developed in the production of a substantive piece of research of 20,000-25,000 words on a Human Bioarchaeological topic of their choice, supervised by a member of staff with relevant research interests.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


MRes Human Bioarchaeology acts as a basis for an advanced career within archaeology, or related discipline, or as preparation for undertaking an MPhil or PhD.

Visit the Human Bioarchaeology (MRes) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in Archaeology or a related discipline. It is also expected that the applicant will have already taken an undergraduate level module in Human Bioarchaeology/Human Osteology or equivalent, or have participated in a bioarchaeological/osteological field school. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

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