Durham University: Human Bioarchaeology and Palaeopathology

InstitutionDurham University View institution profile
Department Archaeology
Web https://www.dur.ac.uk
Telephone 0191 334 1000
Study type Taught

Summary

Palaeopathology is the study of past disease in human remains; it is a sub-discipline of bioarchaeology (the study of human remains from archaeological sites). This lecture, seminar and laboratory-based MSc equips you with the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge to study and interpret data collected from human remains. The emphasis is on health and well-being using a multidisciplinary approach, linking biological evidence for disease with cultural data (the bioarchaeological approach). This course is unique in the world and it takes a holistic view of disease, as seen in a clinical context today, and will prepare you for undertaking significant research projects in this subject, or working in contract/commercial archaeology, and many other fields. It is aimed at graduates mainly in archaeology and anthropology with or without past experience or knowledge in this field, and for those who aspire to continue on to PhD or work in contract archaeology. However, past students have come from a variety of subject backgrounds, and destination data illustrates a wide range of employers take these students.

*Course Structure
*Two taught modules in the Epiphany term (Research and Study Skills in Archaeological Science and Identification and Analysis of the Normal Human Skeleton), and two taught modules in Michaelmas term (Palaeopathology: Theory and Method; Themes in Palaeopathology), with the double module dissertation over Easter term and the summer (submitted early September).

MSc

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With over 26 academic departments and schools offering postgraduate taught and research degrees, our teaching is research-informed and led by academics, many of whom are world-leading experts in their field.

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