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.
About the course
Course description 2017
This programme combines the study of human and animal bones from archaeological sites, generally known as ‘human osteology’ and ‘zooarchaeology’ or ‘archaeozoology’.
Teaching is centred on the explanation of methods and approaches that can be used to address many different types of archaeological questions, regardless of the period or geographic area.
Students play an active part in the shaping of their own programme of study and have the opportunity to develop their own original research.
- Advanced Zooarchaeology
- The History of the Human Animal Relationship
- Zooarchaeological Assemblage Analysis
- Biological Anthropology I
- Biological Anthropology II
- Human Osteology
- Dissertation in either Human Osteoarchaeology or Zooarchaeology
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.
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.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
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.
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.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.