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MSc Archaeology (Bioarchaeology)

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Full time | Avenue Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This pathway based programme has a strong vocational emphasis, preparing you for work in the booming archaeological and heritage sector, and subsequent PhD research. You will engage with hands-on, real-world archaeological materials and situations, including opportunities to collaborate with a range of stakeholders and partners in the archaeological sector through a professional placement. You can choose to focus on the development of skills and specialisms in one of the pathways – Bioarchaeology, Higher Archaeological Practice or Paleoanthropology – or alternatively can acquire a broad range of skills across these specialisms. Programme content will vary depending on the specialism that you follow. Each specialism is consolidated by means of compulsory modules that offer firm foundations in a student’s chosen area. This is complemented by diverse optional modules that provide the flexibility to build a bespoke skill-set appropriate to a student’s chosen career path. Engagement with partners in the commercial sector allows you to experience a range of approaches to archaeological practice and their articulation with research-based e programme is embedded within Southampton Archaeology’s distinctive research culture, with world-class expertise, diverse practice, and contacts with the commercial environment and the heritage sector.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree and normally masters at merit or distinction level, in archaeology, anthropology, history or a cognate discipline; other qualifications considered.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more