University of York

University of York


Students can combine bioarchaeology with a range of subjects and tailor their degree towards their own interests. You could adopt a 'period' focus, for example, to specialise in the bioarchaeology of the Medieval, Vikings, Mesolithic or early prehistoric periods. You could combine human bioarchaeology can be combined with zooarchaeology and orientate towards more advanced studies of bone function and anatomy. You could focus on skills such as GIS modelling and field archaeology.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (upper 2nd or 1st) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in archaeology, anthropology, biology or related fields or, in the case of mature students who might not have conventional qualifications, appropriate relevant experience. Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant professional experience and enthusiasm for this field will be considered.

Course modules

Modules include: The archaeology of human bones; ancient biomolecules. Optional modules include: hard tissue biology; muscular-skeletal anatomy; Zooarchaeology - bone and bones; hunting and gathering societies; Mesolithic theory and interpretation; Mesolithic lifeways; the Vikings; Medieval settlement and communities; becoming human evolving minds and societies; Zooarchaeology - bones from data to interpretation; analysis interpretation, and dissemination of field archaeology data; human bone practical skills; Zooarchaeology - exploring the assemblage; Laboratory skills; bone taphonomy; narrating our pasts; virtual reality modelling; topographical survey; artefacts; geophysical survey; geoarchaeology.

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