University of Reading

University of Reading

Professional Human Osteoarchaeology

This course provides advanced instruction on the osteological methods, theories and techniques needed to identify and analyse human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts. It highlights training for professional practice in the commercial sector, providing details on report writing, tendering, health and safety, ethics and the law. Archaeology at the University of Reading is a thriving and research-orientated department, with 97% of the Archaeology department's research overall judged to be world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest REF (Research Excellence Framework 2014). You will have the opportunity to learn directly from leading academics in modules that immediately relate to their areas of expertise. Our programme's teaching staff have established international reputations for research in human osteology and chemical analysis specialising in the study of the life course (infants and children, puberty, old age) and diet. Modules are designed to provide you with the key skills required for a professional career, following the 'Osteology Specialist Competence Matrix' published jointly by the British Association of Biological Anthropologists and Osteoarchaeologists (BABAO) and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). In addition, academic research and writing skills will enable you to engage with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and Historic England's Management of Projects in the Historic Environment (MoRPHE). The Department curates over 600 human skeletons providing an excellent resource for teaching human anatomy, analytical methods, adult and juvenile osteology, and palaeopathology in fully-equipped dedicated laboratories. This programme has been developed in response to industry need, and in consultation with professional practitioners. You will have the opportunity to engage with professionals through talks and site visits, allowing you to develop vital contacts for your career. This highly flexible degree is offered both part-time and full-time, and can be used to develop or advance vocational training, or provide a solid foundation for future research. Modules may also be studied on an individual basis as part of your continual professional development (CPD). **Sample modules** In at the deep end: practicing osteoarchaeology Musculo-skeletal anatomy Analysis of human remains Issues and debates in bioarchaeology Paleopathology of adults and children Science and the dead: the taphonomy and chemistry of human remains Statistical approaches: understanding your data Research Project **Careers** The demand for trained and skilled archaeologists is set to grow exponentially over the next decade, due to a high number of large scale infrastructure and investment projects planned on a national scale, both in the UK and abroad. This flexible programme provides the foundation for work within commercial archaeology companies, as curatorial and education staff in the museum sector, or within the University environment. It also prepares you for a PhD in bioarchaeology and related subjects. As part of your experience, you may be invited to participate in osteology placements, or have the opportunity to produce professional human bone reports on small assemblages, excavated by staff in the department. You may also benefit from opportunities to work abroad on staff projects yielding human remains (e.g. Iran, Spain), and on samples from current research projects (e.g. Grave Goods, Crusades) that require post-excavation analysis, including human bone processing.

Entry requirements

MSc: First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) normally, but not exclusively, in archaeology, anthropology, history or biology. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Sample modules: * In at the deep end: practicing osteoarchaeology * Musculo-skeletal anatomy * Analysis of human remains * Issues and debates in bioarchaeology * Paleopathology of adults and children * Science and the dead: the taphonomy and chemistry of human remains * Statistical approaches: understanding your data * Research Project

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (EU) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Scotland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 19,230 per Whole course (International) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Wales) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (England) 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (EU) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (England) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Scotland) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Wales) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 19,230 per Whole course (International) 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading RG6 6UR South East

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