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BSc (Hons)Evolutionary Anthropology

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Overview

What does it mean to be human? How did we become human? What is our place and potential in the world? This multi-disciplinary programme unique to Liverpool is based on the study of three major areas of evolutionary anthropology – the archaeology of human evolution, paleoanthropology, and primatology. It allows you to follow a pathway comprising all three elements or, if you wish, to focus on two areas and add modules in other relevant areas such as Biology, Psychology, and Earth Sciences.

Students will be required to complete four weeks of supervised fieldwork. This involves two weeks of residential archaeological training on our field school at the end of Year One and a further two week placement at the end of Year Two.

Year One involves introductory modules in the archaeology of human origins, archaeological techniques and methodology, human anatomy, evolutionary psychology and human and animal behaviour. These topics are taken to an advanced level in the Year Two via core and optional modules.

In Year Three there is a choice of pathways, which allows either greater specialisation or the maintenance of a broad-based education, plus a compulsory dissertation on a topic chosen by you based on personal research.

The degree includes four weeks of vacation fieldwork or museum-based work normally in Europe, the Mediterranean, South Africa or the Middle East and a final-year dissertation.

Four weeks of fieldwork experience is a requirement of our degree course in Evolutionary Anthropology. This will involve two weeks of archaeological training on our departmental field school in the summer between Years 1 and 2 and a further two week placement at the end of Year 2.

Subject is available through Honours. More information here

Programme structure

Programme Year One

You will be introduced to the archaeology of human origins, evolutionary psychology and the principles of anatomy and human biology.

Core modules:

The Origins of Humanity
Principles of Archaeology
Introduction to Bioanthropology
Evolution of the Human Mind
Issues in Evolutionary Anthropology

Optional modules include modules from Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Life Sciences chosen to support a knowledge of the context of human evolution

Climate of the Atmospheres and Oceans
Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils
Evolution and Biodiversity
Animal Biodiversity
Ecology and the Global Environment

Programme Year Two

The core consists of four modules in archaeology plus your choice of four remaining modules. Modules in this year currently include:

Core modules:

Human Origins: the Deep Roots of Homo Sapiens
Anthropology of Risk
Hunter/Gatherer Societies
Human Osteoarchaeology

Optional modules include:

Functional Anatomy of the Human Locomotor System
The Archaeology of the Modern Humans In Europe
Artefacts and Technology
Quaternary Environmental Change
Dynamic Stratigraphy
Palaeobiology and Evolution

Programme Year Three

The required modules are the dissertation (weighted as two modules) and a further two core modules:

Core modules:

Early Human Ancestors: Archaeology and Behaviour
Diet, Evolution and Culture

Optional modules include:

Palaeolithic Art in Europe
Primate Palaeobiology
African Archaeology
Cognitive Evolution
The origins of Agriculture and Sedentism in the Near East

Career opportunities

Our graduates are well equipped for a wide variety of careers in fields as diverse as journalism, heritage management, law, the civil service, teaching, business, IT and tourism. You can also go on to undertake further study and research degrees and our past students have had marked success in gaining employment in universities and major museums, locally, national and internationally.

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

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States