University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh


Students study human and animal bones; students identify and interpret human and animal bone remains from archaeological sites; develop hypothesis testing skills; carry out relevant scientific analyses, often in cooperation with experts in other disciplines; engage in theoretical and methodological discussions relevant to osteoarchaeology; design research strategies based on transferable skills.

Entry requirements

A 1st class or 2.1 Honours degree at undergraduate level or equivalent in a relevant discipline is normally required; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Animal and human disease; animal raw materials; bone manufacturing; human-animal interactions; identification anatomy and taphonomy; palaeopathology; research sources and strategies in archaeology.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 18,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 9,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,650 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Graduate School Administrative Assistant
Telephone number: 
0131 650 3782