At a Glance
Through a series of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, you will learn how biomolecular evidence is preserved and later extracted and analysed by bioarchaeologists, and how this data is used to further enhance the information available to archaeologists, evolutionary biologists and palaeoecologists.
The Bioarchaeological Science programme of the University of Aberdeen also draws on the Department’s expertise in human osteology to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to identify and interpret human remains from archaeological deposits. In addition, you will learn how the study of ancient genes and genomes through the use of techniques such as next-generation sequencing and population genetics is transforming our understanding of the human past, human evolution and the bio-history of other species.
You will also learn the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed in order to identify and interpret palaeopathological changes observed in archaeological human remains and to understand what these changes can tell us about ancient diseases. Students will have the opportunity to develop an original bioarchaeological science research project with our osteoarchaeological, aDNA and isotope specialists in our dedicated laboratories.
This programme covers the knowledge and skills pertinent to the study of ancient remains and is aimed at students interested in pursuing biomolecular archaeology professionally. The skills taught on this programme, however, have multiple applications beyond archaeology, and so this programme is also suitable for students with a background in other disciplines including anthropology, earth sciences, genetics, history, and zoology.
Bioarchaeology is a rapidly developing field of study. Graduates of this programme will be well placed to pursue careers working as professional archaeologists, either for archaeology companies or for universities, museums, local authorities or other heritage sector organisations. The knowledge and skills taught on this programmes are highly transferable and have multiple applications beyond archaeology, for example in medical sciences.
- Biomolecular Archaeology (research)
- Archaeology (research)
- Osteoarchaeology (research)
- Commercial archaeology
- Commercial laboratory applications
- Research assistance
- Ancient Biomolecules
- Theory and Method in Archaeological Research
- Human Osteology
- Advanced Archaeological Approaches
- Ancient Health and Disease
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , National
DisciplinesArchaeology Biology View 488 other Masters in Biology in United Kingdom
- 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth in Archaeology, Anthropology, Earth Sciences, Genetics, History, or Zoology or a related discipline or 2:2 in Archaeology or a related discipline, with relevant professional experience
- English Language Requirements
- An up-to-date CV/Resumé
- A degree certificate showing your qualifications
- A full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
- Personal Statement
International21100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21100 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9400 GBP per year during 12 months.
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