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Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology MSc

This MSc gives students a detailed background in the methods used to study bones and teeth in archaeology and physical anthropology. It provides a grounding in skeletal and dental anatomy, together with an understanding of the histology of dental and skeletal tissues, morphological variations, and changes with age and/or sex.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,015 (FT) £4,530 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,510 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 April 2015

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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Degree Information

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).

Core Modules

  • Dental Anthropology
  • Methodology and Issues in Bioarchaeology and Palaeoepidemiology
  • Morphology and Palaeopathology of the Human Skeleton
  • Variation and Evolution of the Human Skull

Options

  • Anthropological and Archaeological Genetics
  • Human Evolution
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Zooarchaeology in Practice
  • Archaeology of Early Modern Humans
  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Other Masters course options from the Institute of Archaeology

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology MSc

Funding

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.

Gordon Childe Studentship

Value:
UK/EU fees plus stipend (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:

Kathleen Kenyon Awards

Value:
£4,000(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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.

Employability

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

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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 Pearson

Subject: 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

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-04-01
Please contact the department if applying after the application date to see if places are 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 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
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.

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