Early Prehistory and Human Origins at University of York - UCAS

University of York

Degree level: Postgraduate

Early Prehistory and Human Origins (Taught)

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Course summary

The archaeology of human origins is a fascinating and dynamic area of research, with new evidence and theories constantly changing our interpretation of who we are. The course addresses fascinating questions such as: what makes us ‘human’? How did early human societies work? How different were Neanderthals from ourselves and why did they die out? What was life like in the Ice Age? We debate these questions and many others within a lively research environment as you build up your knowledge and experience of early prehistoric societies from three million to 5,000 years ago.



Assessment method

In your final term of study, you will carry out research for your dissertation (which determines whether your qualification is MA or MSc) and give an assessed lecture on your dissertation topic. Previous dissertation topics have included: Narratives within Upper Palaeolithic cave art The prehistory of compassion Neanderthal children and burial Childhood in evolutionary perspectives Venus figurines Reinterpreting Clactonian and Acheulian assemblages New perspectives on microliths and social status

How to apply

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Entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4995 Year 1
EU £11125 Year 1
England £4995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4995 Year 1
Scotland £4995 Year 1
Wales £4995 Year 1
Channel Islands £4995 Year 1
International £11125 Year 1

Additional fee information

For additional information please see our web pages at: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/fees/
Early Prehistory and Human Origins at University of York - UCAS