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Human Osteoarchaeology

The University of Edinburgh

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
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About

The Human Osteoarchaeology programme offered by The University of Edinburgh provides the skills required to understand skeletal biographies, how to apply social theory and interpret human remains within in their cultural context at both an individual and a population level.

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Overview

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.

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
  • research
  • consultancy
  • tourism industry
  • government agencies and institutions
  • broadcasting
  • laboratory work

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

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Language

English

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

 Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on the University's website.
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Funding

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.

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