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MScHuman Osteology and Funerary Studies

University of Winchester
United Kingdom, Winchester
Tuition fee £11,200 per year
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The course includes taught components on a wide range of practical and theoretical aspects of the study of human remains in archaeology, with some modules focusing on the study of funerary beliefs and rituals throughout prehistory and history.

The programme is suitable for students who wish to study and undertake osteology or funerary studies research from a particular archaeological period, or geographical area, such as:

- The Palaeolithic of Western Europe
- Classical Greece
- The Roman Period
- The Early and Later Medieval Periods
- The Post-Medieval Period in Europe
- North America and the Caribbean
- Africa

Departmental staff have expertise in the following themes and approaches:

- Medieval Hospitals
- Leprosy in the Medieval Period
- Skeletal Trauma
- Deviant Burials
- Commingled and Disarticulated Remains
- Cremated Remains

Programme structure

Students undertake six core modules and one optional module.

Core modules:

- Human Osteology I
- Human Osteology II
- Concepts of Funerary Archaeology
- Funerary Practice
- Research Methods
- Dissertation

A choice of one Special and/or Applied Studies modules, for example:

- Church Archaeology
- Later Prehistoric Wessex
- Archaeology of Africa
- Caribbean Archaeology
- Excavation

Career opportunities

MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Studies acts as a basis for a career within archaeology, or related discipline, or as preparation for undertaking an MRes, MPhil or PhD.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

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

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States