University of York

University of York


The purpose of the course is to give a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of the archaeological study of vertebrate animal remains; the course is intended for graduates in archaeology and anthropology who wish to further their study of the archaeology of the relations between people and other animals, and for graduates in disciplines such as biology, geography and geology who wish to extend their studies into a specialised area of archaeology.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (upper 2nd or 1st) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in archaeology, anthropology or a related field. Graduates in a biological subject will also be considered, as will mature students who might not have conventional qualifications but can show appropriate relevant experience. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: Bone and bones; zooarchaeology in context; bone taphonomy; zooarchaeology (exploring the assemblage); dissertation. Recommended option modules: The archaeology of human bones; becoming human: evolving minds and societies; the context and practice of gathering field archaeology data; mesolithic theory and interpretation; coastal landscapes; ancient biomolecules; themes in the prehistoric landscape; mesolithic lifeway's; hunting and gathering societies. Recommended skills modules: Artefacts; database design and implementation; geographical information systems (gis); human bone 1; human bone 2.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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