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MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution


Course Description

This taught Masters course will provide you with a detailed understanding of human and primate evolution, focusing on anatomy and morphology and their interfaces with ecology and behaviour.

Through membership of the interdisciplinary PALAEO Centre at the University of York, this MSc is an attractive option for those wishing to combine anatomical and archaeological approaches to the study of palaeoanthropology.

Based in the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences at HYMS on the University of York campus, you will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge about cutting edge tools for morphometrics, imaging and functional simulation used to interpret the fossil record. In addition, you can gain practical knowledge of anatomy through dissection of human cadaveric material as well as comparative anatomical study. You will also undertake a research project of your choice in consultation with your supervisor to investigate a current question in human evolution.

There are four compulsory modules:

Human Evolutionary Anatomy
Hard Tissue Biology
Primate Ecology and Evolution
Research Project / Dissertation

Optional modules include:
Virtual Anatomies
Geometric Morphometrics
Becoming Human: Evolving minds and societies
Functional and Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Special Topics in Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Ancient Biomolecules

This Human Evolution MSc would be ideal for graduates in anthropology, archaeology, anatomy, biology, psychology, zoology and related fields. The programme is also open to intercalating medical students.

Visit the MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Open to strong graduates in anatomy, anthropology, archaeology, biology, psychology, zoology and related fields. Minimum 2.1 or equivalent.

Course Fees

2016/11 Home/EU: £6,650; Overseas: £15,680


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