Masters | Postgraduate Course - Bioarchaeology MSc Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £8,300 full-time; £4,150 part-time International: £17,700 full-time
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Bioarchaeology MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Bioarchaeology is an exciting and fast-advancing field which combines archaeology with branches of the natural sciences to study key topics such as past health and well-being, diet, ecology, subsistence strategies and environmental impacts.

Our MSc in Bioarchaeology aims to develop a broad understanding of these issues through the study of human remains. Students on this programme will also have the opportunity to study animal remains, as well as floral and faunal evidence depending which pathway they choose to follow. 

The three available Bioarchaeology pathways are:

  • MSc Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology
  • MSc Bioarchaeology: Zooarchaeology
  • MSc Bioarchaeology: Forensic Anthropology

The programme develops advanced practical skills in skeletal analysis, making use of the department’s well-provisioned specialist laboratories and reference collections. A particular strength of our provision is that we are able to address the bioarchaeology of both the New and Old Worlds. Those completing the programme acquire the skills necessary to continue into academic research or employment, as an osteologist in field units, museums or CRM companies.

It allows you to specialise in one of three named pathways: Human Osteology (physical anthropology and funerary archaeology), Zooarchaeology (animal bones and other faunal remains), or Forensic Anthropology (the recovery, identification and analysis of human remains to assist with problems and questions of legal significance).

Module details

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Archaeology or a related subject (for example, Anthropology, Biology, Geography or Environmental Science) at first degree level. Applicants with non-standard qualifications should contact the College of Humanities Postgraduate Administrator to discuss admission.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

The Archaeology programmes at Exeter are designed to develop your skills of analysis, assessment and interpretation as well as the production of written and oral reports. The broad-based nature of the subject and the skills it provides give a strong grounding for a wide range of careers, not only those related to archaeology but also in the wider fields of teaching, administration and business. Some graduates combine their initial job with voluntary archaeological work or with further part time study of the subject.

Some destinations of graduates from Archaeology programmes are:

- Archaeological Assistant
- Experimental Archaeologist
- Field Archaeologist
- Learning Resources Coordinator
- Museum Curator
- PhD in Archaeology
- Postdoctoral Fellow
- Press Executive
- Teacher
- Time Team Archaeologist/Community Archaeologist
- Web Developer