Bournemouth University

Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology is the study of evolution and variation in human populations and of the interactions between human biology and environment. This combines our international reputation for anthropology, archaeology and biology, specifically including studies in primatology, evolutionary anthropology, human osteology, zooarchaeology, but also (paeleo-) ecology and behaviour. This exciting course gives a core grounding in human evolution, primate behaviour and ecology, the origins of human behaviour and how hominines adapted to their environment, as well as human and animal skeletal analysis. Ultimately this course offers a uniquely wide range of suitable project topics that can prepare you for a career in a variety of aligned fields.

Entry requirements

MSc: A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or equivalent in a required subject. Required subjects: Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Biological Anthropology or Anthropology. If English is not your first language, you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Course modules

Core units: Human Evolution - Human Functional Anatomy - Primate Behaviour & Ecology - Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology - Research Project. Option units (you'll choose one of the following units): Principles & Methods in Human Osteology - Techniques of Archaeological Recovery & Recording; (and one of the following): Archaeology of Human Remains - Bodies of Evidence - Skeletal Changes Before & After Death - Humans, Animals & Diet. Please note that option units require minimum numbers to run and may change from year to year.

Assessment methods

Research Project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Talbot Campus BH12 5BB South West

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