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.
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 learn procedures for excavating skeletonised human remains alongside the standards used for recording them, and have the opportunity to apply these methods to a small group of previously excavated skeletons. The programme focuses on the remains of Late Pleistocene and Holocene hominids (particularly anatomically modern humans, but including Neanderthals).
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
- 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
- Human Evolution
- Zooarchaeology in Practice
- Archaeology of Early Modern Humans
- Funerary Archaeology
- Other Masters course options from 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. This MSc has strong links with the Forensic Archaeological Science MSc which gives individual courses an interesting mix of participants and provides many opportunities for discussion. 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.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships 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.
Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to do PhDs, while others graduates have gone on to work in a range of archaeological and non-archaeological organisations as osteoarchaeological specialists; Curator at the Huntarian Museum; political researcher; the Police and a Clinical Governance Facilitator.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK.
Students benefit from access to extensive skeletal, dental and pathology reference collections; ageing, sexing and measuring aids; a wet chemistry laboratory; a thin sectioning and hard tissues laboratory, and facilities for transmitted light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray radiography.
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 PearsonSubject: I teach Funerary Archaeology, a module that is taken by Master’s students in a whole range of archaeology-related MA and MSc programmes.
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, geography, geology or the biological and environmental sciences, and 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
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 Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology at graduate level
- why you want to study Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology 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