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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Kinds Bioarchaeology

Course type


Course Summary

This programme develops your knowledge and practical skills to analyse human remains, unlock knowledge and stories of our past. Osteoarchaeology is a rapidly developing discipline in the field of Archaeology and you take full advantage of extensive archaeological collections at beautiful Marischal College, ranging from Neolithic to Medieval and post- Medieval remains.

  • The School of Geosciences is ranked 1st in Scotland for research (REF 2014)
  • You benefit from research projects being carried out at Aberdeen including isotopic layers analysis, Northern Picts project and fieldworkers in Northern Europe, Scandinavia, North Atlantic and the circumpolar region
  • The department works in partnership with the village corporation Qanituuq and Yup'ik village Alaska. You can volunteer to work at these sites.

The programme brings together archaeological collections from the medieval towns of Aberdeen, Perth, and St Andrews. Further materials come from Neolithic and Bronze Age periods, and international materials from Egypt, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. Facilities include state of art bio archaeological approaches and techniques. For some of your studies you are based in the stunning Marischal College, in the city centre.

Additionally, you learn about archaeology in a museum. and you benefit from research input from Alaska and the Northern Picts project. Research in the department is focused on Northern Europe, Scandinavia, the North Atlantic from Siberia to Canada and teachers are all professional archaeologists with international research expertise. You can volunteer in an Alaskan village which is threatened by rising sea levels in the Bering Sea whilst you study.

Outside study you are also close to some fascinating UNESCO world heritage sites. A ferry from the city centre takes you to Orkney and on to Skara Brae, Maes Howe, and the Ring of Brodgar, which are internationally recognised due to their preservation of Neolithic Western Europe.

You study in The School of Geoscience in the Department of Archaeology. Established in 2007, the Department offers great insight into different cultures and periods, many of which are reflected in North East of Scotland sites. The University and Shire is rich in archaeology. In the 15th and 16th century Hector Boece discovered and chronicled pottery vessels which are some of the earliest in Scotland. The first archaeological museum was established in Old Aberdeen in 1907. In 1926 Dr Simpson, Lecturer in British History grew archaeological research from medieval castles and The Department of Geography investigated sites at St Ninian’s Isle on Shetland, Norse Underhoult also on Shetland, and Burghead in Moray. Many other academics and researchers have broadened knowledge and research in the Department to collect arguably the most significant collection for North East Scotland outside the National Museum in Edinburgh.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” It provides progressive, innovative research. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics.

The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities. The city is compact, architecturally interesting and it offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do

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Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Theory and Method in Research - Core
Osteoarchaeology 1 - Core
Advanced Archaeological Approaches - Core
Osteoarchaeology 2 - Core
Dissertation in Osteoarchaeology - Core

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Honours Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology or related discipline