Join the UK's only dedicated course in the archaeological study of animals.
Any consideration of the human past is incomplete without examining the essential roles that animals have played in our economies and societies.
The scope of the Zooarchaeology course from University of York is global, equipping you with the knowledge and techniques to study the roles of animals in human societies from the Palaeolithic to the present and around the world. You will have the opportunity to select modules taught by leading academics in both traditional and biomolecular zooarchaeology, and options led by dedicated specialists in evolutionary anatomy, enabling you to master the latest analytical techniques and examine skeletal anatomy.
Careers and skills
Many of our Zooarchaeology students go on to conduct further research at PhD level. Others progress into careers with archaeological units, museum services, conservation bodies and a range of other organisations.
The MSc also provides a solid foundation for the two doctoral training programmes on offer at York:
- The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH)
- Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) NERC Doctoral Training Partnership
Recent graduates have gone on to positions within the following fields and roles:
- Professional archaeologists – field and laboratory based
- Museum outreach programmes and the heritage sector
- University/research technicians
- Commercial laboratory technicians
- US graduate school programmes
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- Animal Bones for Archaeologists
- Interpreting Animal Remains
- Zooarchaeology: Identifying Animal Bones
- Zooarchaeology: Exploring the Assemblage
- Ancient Biomolecules
- Experimental Archaeology in Context
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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 Animal Sciences View 151 other Masters in Archaeology in United Kingdom
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- 2:1 or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology or a related field.
- Graduates in a biological subject will also be considered, as will mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant experience.
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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: £4,220
- International/EU : £9,350
- UK: £2,813
- International/EU: £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.