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Human Bioarchaeology and Palaeopathology

Palaeopathology is the study of past disease in human remains; it is a sub-discipline of bioarchaeology (study of human remains from archaeological sites). This lecture, seminar and laboratory based MSc equips you with the theoretical and practical skills knowledge of how 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 contexts 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 of knowledge in this field, and for those who aspire to continue into a PhD or work in contract archaeology. However, past students have come from a variety of subject backgrounds, and destination data illustrate a wide range of employments take these students.

Entry requirements

MSc: A minimum of an upper second-class (2:1) degree or equivalent; GPA of 3.3 or above. Two satisfactory references are required.

Course modules

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). Core Modules: Research and Study Skills in Archaeological Science, Identification and Analysis of the Normal Human Skeleton, Palaeopathology: Theory and Method, Themes in Palaeopathology, Dissertation (double module).

Assessment methods

Under the supervision of a member of academic staff with whom you will typically have three one-to-one supervisory meetings, you will undertake a detailed study of a particular area, resulting in a significant piece of independent research. The dissertation is regarded as a preparation for further professional or academic work.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 19,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 10,700 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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