Archaeology (Paleoanthropology) at University of Southampton - UCAS

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Course summary

Explore the evolution, biology and behaviour of humankind through the study of our Stone Age ancestors. With this specialist master’s in palaeoanthropology you’ll gain expertise in the analysis of stone tools and hominin skulls to understand our evolutionary journey. You’ll work closely with experts in our Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO) and benefit from opportunities to apply your learning in real-world settings. Your specialist palaeoanthropology learning will cover: handling and interpreting stone tools; the role of evolutionary models, experimental testing, primatological data and ethnographies in the study of human origins; developing methods to interrogate meaning from collections of stone tools; using SPSS statistical analysis software; Palaeolithic symbolism and language, migration and responses to environmental change.


Optional modules include: Contexts for Human Origins Research; Ecology of human evolution; Materials, Technology and Social Life; Molecular Archaeology; Palaeopathology in context; The Analysis of Palaeolithic Stone Tool Assemblages. For a full list of modules please visit:

Assessment method

Essays, practical assignments, projects/portfolios and dissertation.

How to apply

International applicants

English language: Band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class degree, in archaeology, anthropology, history or a cognate discipline; other qualifications considered

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 6.0

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Fees and funding

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Sponsorship information

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information:

Archaeology (Paleoanthropology) at University of Southampton - UCAS