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MScHuman Osteology and Palaeopathology

University of Bradford
United Kingdom, Bradford
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This course emphasises the study of archaeological human remains within their funerary context.

It builds upon the Division’s extensive research in human osteology and palaeopathology and related research expertise in field archaeology, archaeozoology, molecular archaeology and archaeological biogeochemistry.

The course strongly emphasises the integration of biological and archaeological evidence to address problem-orientated research themes and the application of scientific methods to unravelling the human past.

It provides advanced instruction in the identification and analysis of human remains, the techniques and methods applied to understanding human skeletal morphological variation, and the means by which to assess pathological conditions affecting the skeleton.

The MSc, as a foundation from which to commence further research. The course is normally offered on a full-time basis but a part-time route is feasible as well. Individual modules are available to candidates wishing to enhance their specialist knowledge in a particular area.

Programme structure

Modules: © = Core, (O) = Option

Semester 1 (60 Credits – 4 x © Modules):

Analysis of Human Remains (20 Credits) ©
Introduction to Archaeozoology (10 Credits) ©
Maths and Quantitative Methods (10 Credits) ©
Musculoskeletal Anatomy (20 Credits) ©

Semester 2 (60 Credits – 2 x © Modules and 20 Credits from the (O) Modules listed):

Palaeopathology (30 Credits) ©
Research Skills (10 Credits) ©
Funerary Archaeology (10 Credits) (O)
Light Isotope Analysis (10 Credits) (O)
Topics in Archaeometry (10 Credits) (O)

End of Semester 2 onwards (60 Credits – 1 x © Module):

Dissertation (MSc) (60 Credits) ©

Career opportunities

Career destinations after the MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology have included:

- Lecturers, teaching assistants and post-doctoral researchers at universities in the UK and overseas
- Osteologists and archaeologists working in commercial archaeology
- Research, curatorial and education staff in museums
- Other professional careers

The MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology has also produced a large number of doctoral research students. They have undertaken research in Bradford and at other universities in the UK and overseas, including Ireland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States