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Full time | Talbot Campus | 12 months | 19-SEP-22

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

19-SEP-22

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Bioarchaeology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Bioarchaeology covers the investigation of human and animal skeletal remains to understand the lives of individuals and communities in the past, in relation to their social, cultural, economic, palaeoenvironmental and evolutionary contexts.

Why study MSc Bioarchaeology at BU?

  • Animal bones and human remains are amongst the most common finds on archaeological excavations of all periods
  • The archaeological profession has an increasing need for staff with osteoarchaeological training, to assist in the interpretation of archaeological sites and understanding the human experience in the past, particularly their relationship with animals
  • Choose one of two specialist pathways within the overall context of bioarchaeology
  • MSc Bioarchaeology (Anthropology) – provides opportunities to understand the deeper human past and is ideal if you intend to pursue doctoral-level study of human evolution
  • MSc Bioarchaeology (Osteoarchaeology) – gives you the opportunity to engage in more advanced study of non-human faunal remains. Practical experience of the methods and techniques used for recording and analysing osteological remains is embedded throughout the course.

Careers

Forensic archaeology is an expanding international field. Upon completion of the course you will join other BU graduates who are acknowledged as some of the most experienced forensic archaeologists in the field.

This will open up a wide range of career prospects for you, and you could end up work anywhere in the world examining crime scenes, mass graves & disasters and educating other researchers in new forensic science approaches.

There is an increased demand for archaeologists and the profession has been placed on the government list of skilled occupation shortages.

Modules

This unit will introduce you to human osteology and the principles of analysis and interpretation involved in the study of skeletal remains of modern humans from archaeological and forensic contexts, focusing on the anatomy of hard tissues and related soft tissue structures and the principles and application of biological profiling from the skeleton. Specific characteristics covered include age-at death, biological sex, stature, metric and non-metric variation. You'll also gain an understanding of the differences between human and non-human animal bone.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

7,500

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

14,500

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have achieved: a Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in a required subject. Required subjects include: Archaeology, History, Biological Sciences, Biological Anthropology or Anthropology.

University information

Based by the sea in south-west England, just two hours from London by train, Bournemouth University offers over 90 taught Master’s courses as well as many research programmes. 16% of its students are in postgraduate study, meaning you’ll be joining a thriving postgrad community. The University has four academic faculties, divided into numerous individual schools: Health & Social Sciences Departments: Human Sciences & Public Health,...more