Institute of Archaeology


MSc Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

Degree co-ordinator: Simon Hillson

This degree gives students a detailed background in the methods used to study bones and teeth in both bioarchaeological and forensic anthropological contexts.  It provides a grounding in skeletal and dental anatomy, as well as an understanding of the histology of dental and skeletal tissues, their metabolism, morphological variation between sexes and populations, and changes with age. The degree also considers diseases that can be diagnosed from bones and teeth and the palaeoepidemiological insights we can draw from them. Students learn procedures for recording skeletonized human remains and apply these methods to a small group of previously excavated skeletons, including the preparation of a report. The degree does not focus on any one geographical area or period, but examines human variation and morphology from the Late Pleistocene/Holocene up to the modern day.  There are no formal pre-requisites for students taking this course.

*Applications for 2018/19 are now closed*

Programme Structure

For more information on the Programme structure, including details on modules, please use the links below.

MSc Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£10,410 (FT) £5,240 (PT)
£21,440 (FT) £10,740 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 2 April 2018

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Why study this degree at UCL?

What our students and staff say

Staff review

"It has been amazing to see the growth of public interest in Stonehenge and archaeology more generally in the ten years that we have been running this project."

Professor Mike Parker Pearson

Archaeology MA
Professor of Archaeology

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology, or the clinical, biological and environmental sciences, but we also consider a range of related subjects such as history or geography. It provides a basis from which students can develop their own research projects or go on to gain experience in helping to report on-site collections.

Application deadlines
All applicants
2 April 2018

If applying after the deadline, please contact the department before making an application to see if places are still available.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Degree last modified on 14 November 2017 at 15:03 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

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