Bioarchaeology at York combines advanced osteoarchaeological techniques with the molecular analysis of human remains. You’ll be encouraged to immerse yourself in the study of stable isotopes, lipid residue analysis, palaeoproteomics and ancient DNA – and play an active role in the development of new techniques in this constantly evolving branch of archaeology.

We offer advanced training in human osteoarchaeology, delivered by the UK’s leading practitioners, and get the chance to study ancient biomolecules in world-class facilities. The course offers a unique opportunity to combine bioarchaeology with complementary subjects and tailor a course to suit your interests. We also offer training in biomolecular analysis of artefacts (ceramics), other biological remains (animal bones, shells and plants) and historical archives (parchment).

Study Details:

1 year full-time, 2 or 3 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules

The Archaeology of Human Bones (20 credits)
Ancient Biomolecules (20 credits)
Human Bone Practicals 1 (5 credits)
Human Bone Practicals 2 (5 credits)

Option modules

You will study two further 20-credit modules and two 5-credit ‘skills’ modules from our full range of options. Examples include:

Animal Bones for Archaeologists (20 credits)
Human Evolutionary Anatomy (20 credits)
Artefacts from Excavation (5 credits)
Virtual Reality and 3D Modelling (5 credits)

Student Destinations

The skills and techniques you’ll develop are deployed widely in the field of archaeological research and exploration, but they are also valuable for a wide range of careers and further studies.

Many our MSc Bioarchaeology graduates go on to further research in bioarchaeological and environmental fields and on PhD courses in York and institutions worldwide.

Recent students have gone on to careers and research in a range of fields:

  • US graduate school programmes
  • Archaeological field units
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Professional archaeologists – field and laboratory based
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Demonstrators
  • University/research technicians
  • Academia
  • On-site osteoarchaeologists
  • Medical humanities


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Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology, Biology or related fields. We also consider applicants who have a 2:2 degree and relevant work experience

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