Studying the Bioarchaeology course offered by Durham University opens the door to the latest developments and state-of-the-art laboratories in archaeological science, including stable isotope mass spectrometry, ancient DNA, materials analysis, luminescence dating, environmental archaeology, human osteology and geoarchaeology.
The program is delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and laboratory practicals. Lectures provide the student with key information on a particular topic, and identify the main areas for discussion and debate among archaeologists. Seminars and tutorials provide opportunities for smaller groups of student-led discussion and debate of particular issues based on the knowledge gained through lectures and independent study outside the programme’s formal contact hours. Practical classes and workshops allow the student to gain direct experience of practical and interpretative skills in Archaeological Science with guidance from experienced and qualified scientists in Archaeology.
Finally, through independent supervised study the student will be to develop and undertake a research project to an advanced level. Throughout the programme emphasis is placed on working independently outside the contact hours, to read widely, explore and synthesise larger datasets and to develop critical and analytical skills to an advanced level.
Many of our postgraduates move into an academic career, either teaching or by taking up post-doctoral research positions in universities. Others join museums or national and regional heritage organisations. Some work in professional archaeology, in national or local planning departments, while others elect to use their analytical and presentation skills to gain positions in industry, commerce and government.
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- Identification and Analysis of the Normal Human Skeleton (Michaelmas)
- Environmental Archaeology (Michaelmas)
- Isotopic and Biomolecular Archaeology (Epiphany)
- Practical Guided Study (Epiphany)
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArchaeology View 136 other Masters in Archaeology in United Kingdom
- A minimum of an upper second-class (2:1) degree or equivalent; GPA of 3.3 or above in Archaeology, Anthropology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related disciplines.
- Relevant working experience will be also considered
- Two satisfactory references are required.
International19800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 19800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA9700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Part Time Fees
- EU Student: £5,300 per year
- International non-EU Student: £10,900 per year
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