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 second or first) 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.

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.

Assessment methods

Applicants will carry out research for your dissertation and give an Assessed Lecture on your dissertation topic.

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 Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,320 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 7,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 323963