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Human Osteoarchaeology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) ,
The Human Osteoarchaeology programme offered by The University of Edinburgh provides the skills required to understand skeletal biographies and interpret them in their cultural context at the individual and the population level. 

About

Human skeletal remains are the most direct evidence of past lifeways and their scientific investigation gives unique insights into human history. Bioarchaeology (the study of archaeological human remains) is an exciting 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, the spread of 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.

Career opportunities

Examples of career paths available to archaeology graduates (although some may require additional training) include: higher education, heritage management and agencies, commercial archaeology, environmental assessment, teaching, tourism industry, broadcasting and the police.

An archaeology degree does not, of course, restrict you to a career in archaeology. The programme also equips you for advanced study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We strongly recommend that you submit your application by the end of February.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, US GPA 3.4 or other 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

  • Postgraduate loans and bursaries for Scottish/EU students
  • School of History, Classics & Archaeology Masters Scholarships
  • Sheila Cannell Scholarship

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