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MSc Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology

MSc Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology

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Full time | Streatham Campus | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Bioarchaeology Biological Anthropology Orthopedics

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: Human Osteology

  • Our Human Osteology course teaches you how to identify the bones of human skeleton and how to undertake analysis of human skeleton remains
  • Our bioarchaeology lab is dedicated to the study of anatomical variation, palaeopathologocal conditions and the funerary context of human and animal remains


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


In this module you will acquire an in-depth understanding of human remains from archaeological and forensic contexts. The module consists of a consideration of the physical anthropological techniques employed in the analysis of human skeletal remains. There will be emphasis on the metric and non-metric characterisation of skeletal shape and size and the application of demographic reference standards for age and sex determination. The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge to assess human remains at both individual and population levels and to interpret the pathological and demographic data in the light of their archaeological or forensic context. It also provides an introduction to the means by which archaeologists can investigate the health and well-being of past human groups.

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Entry requirements

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

University information

The University of Exeter is a global university and a member of the leading research-oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 27,000 students from over 150 countries, 5,600 of these are postgraduates, studying across the university’s three main...more

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