12 months
23300 GBP/year
9730 GBP/year
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Understanding the processes by which the human species evolved over time is crucial for understanding our modern anatomical form. The MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution from the University of York provides you with a rare opportunity to study anatomy from an evolutionary perspective.

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This MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution from the University of York  combines comparative anatomy, anthropology and archaeological study to investigate how the human body has evolved over time, and sheds light on the mechanisms behind the anatomy of our species. Our programme is designed by experts, to create experts. You will learn the most up-to-date tools, theory and practical insights from within the field. 

By completing this programme, you will be able to understand in detail human anatomy and evolution, including the evolution of our closest relatives, the primates, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal anatomy and its interfaces with ecology and behaviour.

The course will equip you with knowledge and cutting edge practical experience required to interpret functional and evolutionary anatomy. You can gain hands on experience of virtual modelling techniques and have the option to gain practical knowledge of anatomy through dissection of human cadaveric material.

This programme is delivered by research-active subject experts in small teaching groups, with a high professor-student ratio – so you will benefit first-hand from their expertise and hone your research skills.


The skills and techniques you learn will position you as a leader in the field of human evolutionary anatomy. As well as providing a platform for more advanced research, the programme will equip you for careers in a whole range of academic, medical and archaeological fields. Past students have gone on to research careers in anatomy, forensics, anatomy teaching, laboratory and museum work, or continued with their medical careers with a new insight into anatomy. A significant number of our past students have also gone into gain fully-funded PhD positions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Musculoskeletal biology: Tissue structure and mechanics
  • Human evolutionary anatomy
  • Human functional anatomy
  • Analysing anatomical variation
  • Virtual anatomy and 3D modelling 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This programme is open to strong graduates in anatomy, anthropology, archaeology, biology, psychology, forensics, zoology and other related fields, with a minimum 2.1 degree or equivalent.
  • For intercalating medical students, a minimum of 3 years of successful MBBS or comparable medical qualifications is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9730 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9730 GBP per year during 12 months.

UK (home) tuition fees 

  • Part time (2 years): £4,865 

International (including EU) tuition fees 

  • Part time (2 years): £11,650

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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