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Human Bioarchaeology MRes

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

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Course Summary

This course offers you an intensive research training programme with a high level of supervisorial contact. Examine approaches and methodologies, theoretical underpinnings and practical applications in archaeological research, with some modules focusing on the practical and theoretical aspects specific to Human Bioarchaeology. Through lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars and workshops you have opportunities to explore and discuss your experiences. If there’s a human bioarchaeological research topic which you’d to follow to PhD, but you need to acquire new research skills or hone existing ones, this course is for you. It’s also suitable if you are already working in the archaeology, heritage or environment sector and would like to enhance your research experience.

Departmental staff have particular expertise and access to skeletal collections relevant to research in The Roman Period, The Early and Later Medieval Periods, Medieval Hospitals, Leprosy in the Medieval Period, Skeletal Trauma, Deviant Burials, Commingled and Disarticulated Remains, and Cremated Remains. MRes Human Bioarchaeology acts as a basis for an advanced career within archaeology, or related discipline, or as preparation for undertaking an MPhil or PhD. Taught elements of the course also take place on at West Downs, Winchester. Students will achieve a PGCert and PGDip exit awards.

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Full time | University of Winchester | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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This module will examine the fundamental concepts and methods that underlie the analysis of archaeological skeletal remains. It will focus on a detailed discussion and demonstration of skeletal anatomy and on the techniques, including age estimation, sex determination, metric analysis and MNI calculations, which are vital in any osteological analysis. It will be taught through the use of laboratory-based lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions, which will give students extensive opportunities to work with real archaeological skeletal remains.

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students normally need to have a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. Ideally applicants will have already taken an undergraduate level module in Human Bioarchaeology/Human Osteology or equivalent, have participated in a bioarchaeological/osteological field school, or have relevant professional experience.