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Course summary

Bioarchaeology covers the investigation of human and animal skeletal remains to understand the lives of individuals and communities in the past, in relation to their social, cultural, economic, palaeoenvironmental and evolutionary contexts. Why study MSc Bioarchaeology at BU?

  • Animal bones and human remains are amongst the most common finds on archaeological excavations of all periods
  • The archaeological profession has an increasing need for staff with osteoarchaeological training, to assist in the interpretation of archaeological sites and understanding the human experience in the past, particularly their relationship with animals
  • Choose one of two specialist pathways within the overall context of bioarchaeology
  • MSc Bioarchaeology (Anthropology) – provides opportunities to understand the deeper human past and is ideal if you intend to pursue doctoral-level study of human evolution
  • MSc Bioarchaeology (Osteoarchaeology) – gives you the opportunity to engage in more advanced study of non-human faunal remains. Practical experience of the methods and techniques used for recording and analysing osteological remains is embedded throughout the course.
We hold one of the largest human remains collections among UK universities We have an incredible collection of human skeletal remains, comprising more than 700 specimens. This is one of the largest such collections to be held by any UK university. Our zooarchaeology collection contains over 500 known reference skeletons of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, including everything you need from cows and wild boar to mice and frogs. We also have licenced specimens of rare and endangered species in this collection.

Modules

Core Units: Principles & Methods in Human Osteology; Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology; Research Project Specialist unit - Anthropology pathway: Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology. Specialist unit - Osteoarchaeology pathway: Applications of Zooarchaeological Science; Archaeology of the Dead: Disease, Decay and Funerary Interpretation


Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in a required subject of Archaeology, History, Biological Sciences, Biological Anthropology, Anthropology, Forensic Investigation, Forensic Biology, or Forensic Science. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7750 Year 1
Scotland £7750 Year 1
Wales £7750 Year 1
Channel Islands £7750 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7750 Year 1
EU £14500 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £1,850. Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details. Part-time study: Fees are charged on a pro-rata basis of the full-time fee.
Bioarchaeology at Bournemouth University - UCAS