12 months
19950 GBP/year
9290 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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On this Zooarchaeology course from University of York you will study archaeological animal remains on a macro and micro scale to investigate what they tell us about how humans and other species have co-existed over the millennia. 

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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

Career opportunities

Recent graduates have gone on to positions within the following fields and roles:

  • Academia
  • Professional archaeologists – field and laboratory based
  • Museum outreach programmes and the heritage sector
  • University/research technicians
  • Commercial laboratory technicians
  • US graduate school programmes

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Animal Bones for Archaeologists 
  • Interpreting Animal Remains 
  • Zooarchaeology: Identifying Animal Bones 
  • Zooarchaeology: Exploring the Assemblage
  • Ancient Biomolecules 
  • Ethnoarchaeology 
  • Experimental Archaeology in Context

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19950 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9290 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9290 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time (2 years)

  • UK: £4,645
  • International/EU : £9,975
Part-time (3 years)
  • UK: £3,097
  • International/EU: £6,650

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.


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