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Funerary Archaeology MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Funerary Archaeology

Course type


Course Summary

This course combines analysis of human remains with their archaeological context to take a truly interdisciplinary approach to studying both life and death in the past. Our course will enable you to use the latest techniques and equipment to build key, practical knowledge and explore the varied archaeological and methodological approaches to funerary archaeology. You'll have the chance to develop your skills in a range of different methods and techniques, but all centred on learning how to investigate death and burial in the past. The flexible nature of the course enables you to pursue your own particular period or methodological interests by selecting modules that appeal to your research interests. You'll work alongside internationally renowned specialists and gain 'hands on' experience in the analysis of human remains. You'll have the opportunity to learn through field trips to local museums and relevant sites such as the prehistoric monuments in the Yorkshire Wolds. You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, with an emphasis on student led-discussion and presentations. Both core modules have a field trip, with the chance to explore a relevant excavation, museum exhibition or site visit. The core skills modules are hands-on, practical classes, lasting four hours each. These are taught in small groups of 12, so there is plenty of one-on-one guidance from staff. This course will prepare you for roles in the heritage sector, commercial archaeology, film/television, journalism and academia.

Different course options

Full time | University of York | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to provide hands-on experience of human skeletal anatomy; to demonstrate means of determining life information about the individual; to give practical experience of the description and differential diagnosis of disease and trauma.

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

Applicants need to have a good honours degree (upper second or first class) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in archaeology, anthropology or a related field.