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MSc Bioarchaeology: Zooarchaeology

MSc Bioarchaeology: Zooarchaeology

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Full time | Streatham Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Zooarchaeology Bioarchaeology

Course type


Course Summary


  • This fast-advancing field combines archaeology with branches of natural sciences
  • Our bioarchaeology lab is dedicated to the study of anatomical variation, palaeopathological conditions, and the funerary context of human and animal remains
  • Three distinct courses with a core of shared compulsory modules and distinct course modules with optional module.

MSc Bioarchaeology: Zooarchaeology

  • Our Zooarchaeology course combines traditional archaeology with branches of natural sciences to examine animal remains and their importance in understanding a broad range of economic and cultural issues
  • You will study faunal evidence to develop an understanding of past human interactions with animals and will learn how to interpret past patterns of hunting and husbandry within their environmental and social context


Many of our Archaeology students go on to study at PhD level, and the MSc in Bioarchaeology serves as excellent preparation. Your tutors and the Archaeology academic staff will help you put together applications for funding and develop a research proposal if you should choose to take this path.

Of course doctoral study is not the only option available to you, you will graduate with a full range of skills that will make you competitive in the job market.

Recent careers

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work directly in Archaeology or the wider Heritage Sector, with careers such as:

Archaeological Assistant
Experimental Archaeologist
Field Archaeologist
Museum Curator
Time Team Archaeologist/Community Archaeologist

Employment support

While studying at Exeter you can also access a range of activities, advice and practical help to give you the best chance of following your chosen career path.

The three available Bioarchaeology pathways are: MSc Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology MSc Bioarchaeology: Zooarchaeology MSc Bioarchaeology: Forensic Anthropology


The dissertation is a self-contained study based on your own research, counting for 60 credits. You will undertake research that has archaeological applications and present the results at greater length than you have had opportunity to in other parts of your course. You will need to work out a topic to study, in conjunction with your programme director, and to establish how you will set about answering the research question(s) posed. The choice of topic is your own; it is important to choose something that offers good possibilities for developing an independent piece of work. You will learn how to collect and collate data from a range of sources, to analyse and present information, to develop skills relating to illustration, and to create hypotheses about the data based on your analysis. The completed work should be a well-written study of the topic under discussion, with illustrations of high quality and a fully developed bibliography.

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Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree in Archaeology or a related subject.

University information

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of top UK research universities and a member of the European University Association. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 review showed that more than 99% of the university’s research was rated of international quality and 12 of its subjects were in the top 10 for world-leading impact. The university’s business school is one of the top 1% of schools in the world to...more

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