MSc Osteoarchaeology

Overview

postcard MSc Osteoarchaeology

An intensive 1-year (or 2-years part-time) post-graduate taught degree with research experience


Receive advanced training in the analysis and interpretation of both human and animal remains from archaeological sites.


Work as part of a large research team of staff, researchers and doctoral students.


Unlimited access to excellent lab facilities and extensive human and animal remains collections.

This programme combines the study of human and animal bones from archaeological sites. These are generally known as 'human osteology' and 'zooarchaeology' or 'archaeozoology'. It gives the students the opportunity to focus on either, or both, research specialisms. The teaching is centred on the explanation of methods and theoretical approaches that can be used to address many different types of archaeological questions, regardless of the period or geographic area. The teaching will consist of both lab-based practical sessions and theoretical lectures. Students will benefit from exposure to leading research teams in both human and animal bones and will have the opportunity to engage in discussions with postgraduate and postdoctoral students and staff, both inside and outside the classroom. Students will play an active part in the shaping of their own programme of study and they will also have the opportunity to develop their own original research. Due to the prominence of the Sheffield research environment and its track-record in teaching and training, graduates from this programme will be in a prime position to continue their education or seek employment with research, educational or commercial organisations.

Aeron Fehir

"I think that the mixture of theoretical and practical exercises has prepared us very well for future careers in either commercial and academic branches of archaeology. It was also extremely easy to get hold of resources if one was struggling or wanted additional information, examples or practice with material."

Aaron Fehir - MSc Osteoarchaeology 2016

A skull being excavated


Girl holding an animal skull


Students investigating animal bones

Content
Duration Full-time (one year) and Part-time (two years).
Semesters The teaching component of the programme will commence late September and is based on semesters (Autumn/Spring). Semester dates http://www.shef.ac.uk/about/dates. Over the summer you will undertake your independent research in consultation with an academic supervisor.
Qualification This programme is offered as a MSc (180 credits), Diploma (120 credits) or a Certificate (60 credits).
Assessment Typical forms of assessment include essays, practical tests, reports, presentations and completion of a research-led dissertation.*

Information relates to 2017-18 academic year: The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Students using microscopes

Core Modules:

These compulsory modules will provide you with the key knowledge and understanding for research in osteoarchaeology.

*While some dissertation projects do not involve any additional cost to the student, you may incur some expenses if you choose a topic that is not resourced by the department.

Optional Modules:

You will chose modules worth a total of 15 credits, which can also include modules up to the value of 15 credits in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Availability varies from year to year but the module list gives a flavour of the kind of specialised modules we will offer.  Modules that you may find particularly relevant to your programme include:

Full programme specifications are also available.

Staff

Core Teaching Staff:

Umberto AlbarellaDr Umberto Albarella (Programme Director)

Umberto specialises in the study of animal bones from archaeological sites (zooarchaeology). His research is wide-ranging and strongly oriented towards the integration of different aspects of archaeology. His work is predominantly based in Britain and Italy and he has also worked in Armenia, Greece, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Portugal.

Lizzy CraigDr Lizzy Craig-Atkins

Lizzy is a specialist in human osteology and palaeopathology with particular interests in multidisciplinary approaches to questions surrounding past population structures, health, disease and lifestyle. She has worked with human remains from many periods and locations, but her primarily focus is on material from post-Roman to modern periods in the UK.

Kevin KuykendallDr Kevin Kuykendall

Kevin’s research interests include Plio-Pleistocene hominid fossil site survey and excavation, evolution of early hominid life history, the origin and evolution of Homo sapiens in Africa evolution and variation of the paranasal sinuses in primates.

Pia NystromDr Pia Nystrom

Pia has many research interests. Those of special interest are examination of skeletal pathology in non-human primates using standards developed for the human species, examining the influence of age, sex, positional behaviour, and captivity. The reconstruction of diet in past societies, especially on an individual level, and how diet impact on individual health, wealth and position within a population. The position of children in past societies, their health and well-being and how well integrated they were within the adult social world.

Angelos Hadjikoumis

Dr Angelos Hadjikoumis

Angelos has been a zooarchaeologist for the last 11 years with work and research experience in several countries such as Spain, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus and Iraq. After receiving his Ptychion (BA) in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens, he pursued postgraduate studies (MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy) at the University of Sheffield, followed by a PhD in zooarchaeology. Since the completion of his PhD in 2010, Angelos has been involved in post-doctoral research projects in several countries and has worked in the commercial archaeology sector.

Dr Petra Verlinden

Petra is Research Technician and Demonstrator in Human Osteology,  supporting teaching and managing the skeletal collections held at the Department of Archaeology.

Entry

Academic Requirements:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree (GPA 3.0) 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. EU and international student entry requirements can be found using the link below:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/countries


English Language Requirements:

For applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS is the preferred test of language. You need an IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in all the component tests. Further information can be obtained from the following link:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang


Fees:

Funding options, instalment plans and tuition fee information are located at:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/finance


How to Apply:

Applications forms are completed on-line at the following link:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/apply/applying

Applying to start in over 12 months time?

Please feel free to submit your application via our online system, however please note that we will not be able to process your application for this course until 12 months before your proposed start date.


Visit Us:

If you’re considering doing a postgraduate programme at Sheffield, you are very welcome to visit us. You can attend an open day or a visit afternoon, which will include a tour of the University campus and the department, or contact the department directly (archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk) to arrange a personal visit to meet with the director of your chosen programme.

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/open-days


Further Information

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of this course please contact, Dr Umberto Albarella, u.albarella@sheffield.ac.uk.

For any other queries please contact: E: archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk, T: +44 (0)114 222 2900


Frequently Asked Questions:

The link below contains questions most commonly asked about the application process:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/postgraduate_taught/faq

International

We are truly international in our scope and ethos. Our students come to us from all over the World. Their vibrancy, pursuit of knowledge and divergent experience informs our debates and provokes lively discussion. We encourage applicants to visit the following webpages aimed specifically at our EU and international students.

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/international

We also have a departmental page for our international applicants:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/international

Prospective EU Students

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/countries/european-union/eu


"Before coming to Sheffield I was nervous about finding my place and feeling at home so far from my family and friends. By now, eight months later, I can very confidently say the city of Sheffield, the University, and especially the zooarchaeology lab have welcomed me, challenged me, and become more and more a home to me than I ever could have imagined. This program has given me the confidence and training to approach research with a wide arsenal of invaluable identification and analysis techniques. Sheffield archaeology is wonderful and I haven’t regretted the decision to come here for a second."

Dani Buffa – From the United States, MSc Osteoarchaeology 2016

Dani Buffa