Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £9,015 (FT) £4,530 (PT)
- £17,510 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 1 April 2015
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.
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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Students will learn procedures for interpretation and analysis of human skeletal remains - considering both archaeological and modern forensic contexts. There is a unique opportunity to analyse recently excavated human remains, utilise methods and techniques learned during the course. While the focus of this programme is primarily on modern humans, late Pleistocene hominids are also considered and explored.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
- Dental Anthropology
- Forensic Anthropology
- Methodology and Issues in Bioarchaeology and Palaeoepidemiology
- Morphology and Palaeopathology of the Human Skeleton
- Variation and Evolution of the Human Skull
- Anthropological and Archaeological Genetics
- Archaeology of Early Modern Humans
- Forensic Archaeology
- Forensic Geoscience
- Funerary Archaeology
- Human Evolution
- Zooarchaeology in Practice
- Other Master's options available at the Institute of Archaeology
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical classes. Assessment is through essays, class tests, reports and the dissertation.
A small number of IoA Masters Award bursaries, normally in the region of £1,000, are available each year.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Some graduates of the programme go on to PhD studies, while others go on to work in a range of archaeological and non-archaeological organisations as osteoarchaeological specialists.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK, offering students a range of opportunities.
This particular MSc is unique, offering a combination of bioarchaelogical and forensic principles for the study of human remains unlike anything else available in the UK. Students further benefit from access to a large collection of skeletal material for study, including dental and palaeopathology reference collections. Access to sophisticated equipment and techniques (laser scanner, SEM, thin sectioning, CT) is also available.
Some lectures will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons and students have access to their teaching collections and museums, including the Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology.
Student / staff ratios › 60 staff › 263 taught students › 130 research students
Department: Institute of Archaeology
"UCL Archaeology has a great atmosphere for both staff and students; it's a great place to work, and with so many experts passing through from different countries to give lectures and seminars it is very much the centre of the archaeological world. "
Professor Mike Parker PearsonArchaeology MA
Professor of British Later Prehistory
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 of 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.
- All applicants
- 1 April 2015
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Bioarchaeological and Forensic Anthropology at graduate level
- why you want to study Bioarchaeological 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