MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

We inspire students to explore and excel through imaginative teaching and the world-leading research we conduct across the globe.

The enthusiasm of every professor I’ve encountered during the Osteoarchaeology Masters Course, the department’s impressive human and animal bone collections, and the camaraderie felt through the entire archaeology department have made studying at the University of Sheffield an incredibly valuable and enriching experience..

KC Schlesak, MSc Osteoarchaeology


About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

One of the most successful of its kind anywhere, this course has trained many of those now practising the discipline.

We work closely with commercial archaeology units and museums to make sure you learn the skills they're looking for.

There are chances to work with partner organisations in the UK and overseas as part of your dissertation.

Enhance your skills. Prepare for doctoral research in human osteology.

You'll learn the tools to write human history from human remains.

Margaret James, postgraduate student of the Department of Archeology

Core modules

  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Quantitative Methods in Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Research Design: planning, execution and presentation
  • Biological Anthropology I
  • Biological Anthropology II
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Osteology
  • Dissertation

Optional module

Choose from a range including:

Any units in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities to the value of 15 credits.

Teaching

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Projects

Assessment

  • Coursework Assignments
  • Dissertation

Part-time study

This course can be taken full-time or part-time.

If you study part-time, you'll take two 15-credit modules in each semester during Year 1 and Year 2, and either a dissertation or placement module over the summer of Year 2. We arrange for you to attend two days a week but we try to be as flexible as possible.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

Sheffield’s MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology has offered advanced training in the study of archaeological human bones for 25 years.

This programme will provide you with both the technical skills and knowledge required to undertake analysis of archaeological human remains, and the cultural understanding of funerary practices needed to situate your findings within a broader archaeological and historical context, providing you with the tools to write human history from human remains.

Margaret James, postgraduate student of the Department of Archeology

Core modules

  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Quantitative Methods in Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Research Design: planning, execution and presentation
  • Biological Anthropology I
  • Biological Anthropology II
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Osteology
  • Dissertation.

Indicative optional modules

A 15 credit module can be selected from a range across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

How we will teach and assess you

Our students come from all around the world and the content of our courses reflects this. You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. Many of our masters courses also include a fieldwork or project work component.

Our teaching staff are leading scholars in their field. Through their research and field projects they are active in generating new knowledge that feeds directly into their teaching.

Part-time study

This course can be taken full-time or part-time.

If you study part-time, you'll take two 15-credit modules in each semester during Year 1 and Year 2, and either a dissertation or placement module over the summer of Year 2. We arrange for you to attend two days a week but we try to be as flexible as possible.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in an arts, humanities or science subject is usually required. Your interest in and knowledge of archaeological matters are more important than the specific discipline of your undergraduate degree.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

If you accept a place on one of our courses, you may be eligible to apply for WRoCAH and University of Sheffield studentships. There are also a number of departmental and programme-specific scholarships available each year. See our website for details.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2900

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.