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Course summary

This course emphasises the study of archaeological human remains within their funerary context. It builds upon the School's extensive research in human osteology and palaeopathology and related research expertise in field archaeology, archaeozoology, molecular archaeology and archaeological biogeochemistry. The course strongly emphasises the integration of biological and archaeological evidence to address problem-orientated research themes and the application of scientific methods to unravelling the human past. It provides advanced instruction in the identification and analysis of human remains, the techniques and methods applied to understanding human skeletal morphological variation, and the means by which to assess pathological conditions affecting the skeleton. The course provides access to our world renowned collection of reference material (The Bradford Human Remains Collection), hands-on experience in the School's laboratories, and a substantial individual research dissertation. Rankings We are ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Archaeology in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject.


All years: Archaeology of human remains; introduction to archaeozoology; maths and quantitative methods; musculoskeletal anatomy; palaeopathology; research skills; chemistry of human remains; funerary archaeology; topics in archaeometry; dissertation.

Assessment method


Entry requirements

2.2 or above in archaeology, anthropology or another suitable subject (e.g. Forensic Science, Medical Science); students will normally have a minimum of 1 GCSE in mathematics; for North American students a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is required, or an equivalent; admissions are made on the basis of demonstrated ability, qualifications, experience, references, and, occassionally, interviews. IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4616* Year 1
Northern Ireland £4616* Year 1
Scotland £4616* Year 1
Wales £4616* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4616* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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Human Osteology and Palaeopathology at University of Bradford - UCAS