Bournemouth University: Osteoarchaeology (MSc)

InstitutionBournemouth University View institution profile
Department Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science
Telephone 01202 961916
Study type Taught


Osteoarchaeology is concerned with the study of human and animal remains from archaeological sites. This course provides practical skills in the identification and analysis of both human and animal bones, while providing a theoretical archaeological underpinning focused on the interpretation of human and animal remains in the context of the diet, health, natural environment, economy, social and ritual activities of past human societies. The opportunity to study both animals and human remains as part of the same course is of great benefit as the two sets of analytical skills complement and strengthen each other. There are option units within this Osteoarchaeology course that will enable you to tailor your learning. It also provides the opportunity if you have a particular preference or aptitude for either animal or human remains the chance to specialise your studies in either area. The course is delivered by an experienced and enthusiastic team who are leading experts in their fields.

2 course options

Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or eqivalent in a relevant disicpline or relevant comprehensive professional experience. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.


Research project.


Core units: Humans, Animals & Diet - Principles & Methods in Human Osteology - Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology - Advanced Zooarchaeology - Research Project. Option units (you'll choose one of the following units): Human Functional Anatomy - Techniques of Archaeological Recovery & Recording. . And one of the following: Archaeology of Human Remains - Bodies of Evidence - Skeletal Changes Before & After Death.

Location Talbot Campus
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
BH12 5BB


EU 5750 GBP for Whole course
England 5750 GBP for Whole course
Northern Ireland 5750 GBP for Whole course
Scotland 5750 GBP for Whole course
Wales 5750 GBP for Whole course
Channel Islands 5750 GBP for Whole course
International 14000 GBP for Whole course

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