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The course in Human Osteology and Funerary Studies from The University of Winchester includes taught components on a wide range of practical and theoretical aspects of the study of human remains in archaeology, with some modules focusing on the study of funerary beliefs and rituals throughout prehistory and history.

You study and undertake research from a particular archaeological period or geographical area, such as The Palaeolithic of Western Europe, The Roman Period, The Post-Medieval Period in Europe, or North America and the Caribbean. The practical teaching on the course uses skeletons from the St Mary Magdalen Leprosy Hospital, curated in the Department of Archaeology.

You complete core modules in Human Skeletal Anatomy and Fundamentals of Skeletal Analysis, Palaeopathology, Concepts of Funerary Archaeology, and Funerary Studies, along with Research Methods and Skills, which is designed to help you complete your final dissertation.

Careers

MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Studies acts as a basis for a career within archaeology, or related discipline, or as preparation for undertaking an MRes, MPhil or PhD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Skeletal Anatomy and Fundamentals of Skeletal Analysis
  • Palaeopathology
  • Concepts of Funerary Archaeology
  • Research Methods and Skills (Archaeology)
  • The Archaeology of Space and Place
  • The Archaeology of Buildings
  • Lower and Middle Palaeolithic of Western Eurasia
  • Central Southern England in the Roman Period

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Normally 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13296 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13300 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6504 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • EU/EEA part-time: £3250
  • International part-time: £6650

Living costs for Winchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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