Human skeletal remains are the most direct evidence of past lifeways and their scientific investigation gives unique insights into human history. Bioarchaeology, also known as osteoarchaeology (the study of archaeological human remains), is a subdiscipline of biological anthropology. It is an exciting interdisciplinary field that draws on a variety of techniques, ranging from visual examination of the whole skeleton to the biomolecular analysis of small bone samples. Demographic shifts, environmental changes, migrations, lifestyles, numerous diseases and the impact of violence and conflict all leave traces on the skeleton.
Combining theoretical learning with hands-on practice, the Human Osteoarchaeology programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential to your handling and analysis of specimens recovered from archaeological sites.
Examples of career paths available to archaeology graduates (although some may require additional training) include:
- higher education
- heritage management and agencies
- commercial archaeology
- tourism industry
- government agencies and institutions
- laboratory work
An archaeology degree does not, of course, restrict you to a career in archaeology. The programme also equips you for advanced study.
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- Human Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy
- Analytical Methods in Human Osteology
- Quantitative Methods and Reasoning in Archaeology
- Skeletal Pathology
- Bioarchaeological Analysis and Interpretation
- Research Sources and Strategies in Bioarchaeology
- Exploring the past with data science
- Practical Zooarchaeology
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Archaeology Anthropology View 134 other Masters in Archaeology in United Kingdom
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, a minimum US 3.25 GPA or international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as Archaeology, Anthropology, Anatomy, Medical Sciences and related fields. No previous knowledge of human osteology is required. Depending on the number of eligible applicants, we may need to limit the number of students admitted, based on academic merit.
- We will also consider relevant experience, or professional or other qualifications.
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If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK government loan schemes.
The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:
- your programme
- the duration of your studies *your residency status.
Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.
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.