University of Bradford

University of Bradford

Human Osteology and Palaeopathology

The course covers integration of biological and archaeological evidence to address problem orientated research themes and the application of scientific methods to unravelling the human past; students study the identification and analysis of human remains, the techniques and methods applied to understanding human skeletal morphological variation, and the means by which to assess pathological conditions affecting the skeleton.

Entry requirements

2.1 or above in Archaeology, Anthropology or another suitable subject (e.g. Forensic Science, Medical Science); students will normally have a minimum of 1 GCSE in mathematics; for North American students a GPA of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 is required, or an equivalent; admissions are made on the basis of demonstrated ability, qualifications, experience, references, and, occassionally, interviews. IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

Course modules

All years: Archaeology of human remains; introduction to archaeozoology; maths and quantitative methods; musculoskeletal anatomy; palaeopathology; research skills; chemistry of human remains; funerary archaeology; topics in archaeometry; dissertation.

Assessment methods


Sponsorship information

Studentships may be available from NERC (applications via department)


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,400 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,580 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bradford Bradford BD7 1DP Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Admissions Administrator (Master's courses)
Telephone number: 
01274 234706