Durham University

Durham University

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 programme 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

A minimum of an upper second class (2:1) degree or equivalent; GPA of 3.3 or above.

Course modules

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

A mix of assessment methods are used such as essays, practical tests, poster, article critique, grant application and statistics exercise.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 7,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Archaeology
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1100