They offer advanced training in human osteoarchaeology, delivered by the UK’s leading practitioners, and get the chance to study ancient biomolecules in world-class facilities. The Bioarchaeology at University of York offers a unique opportunity to combine bioarchaeology with complementary subjects and tailor a course to suit your interests. We also offer training in biomolecular analysis of artefacts (ceramics), other biological remains (animal bones, shells and plants) and historical archives (parchment).
You'll have an opportunity to use a wide range of in-house analytical equipment, take part in cutting-edge science and build essential practical skills whilst working alongside leading researchers and academics in a diverse range of specialisms. You'll also get the chance to work on research projects with original materials that are often ‘fresh out of the ground’, and thus contribute to pioneering research.
Careers and skills
The skills and techniques you'll develop are deployed widely in the field of archaeological research and exploration, but they are also valuable for a wide range of careers and further studies.
Many our MSc Bioarchaeology graduates go on to further research in bioarchaeological and environmental fields and on PhD courses in York and institutions worldwide.
Recent students have gone on to careers and research in a range of fields:
- US graduate school programmes
- Archaeological field units
- Environmental archaeology
- Professional archaeologists – field and laboratory based
- Laboratory technicians
- University/research technicians
- On-site osteoarchaeologists
- Medical humanities
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- The archaeology of the human bone
- Ancient biomolecules
- Human bone practicals
- Animal Bones for Archaeologists
- Human Evolutionary Anatomy
- Artefacts from Excavation
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.
DisciplinesArchaeology Biology View 151 other Masters in Archaeology in United Kingdom
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- 2:1 or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology, Biology or related fields. We also consider applicants who have a 2:2 degree and relevant work experience.
Other qualifications and experience
- Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant professional experience and enthusiasm for this field will be considered. To find out if your professional experience or qualifications are appropriate, please contact the Course Director.
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International18700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
National8440 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time (2 years)
- UK/EU: £4,220
- International: £9,350
Part-time (3 years)
- UK/EU: £2,813
- International: £6,233
Living costs for York
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.