The MSc Palaeoanthropology course at the University of Sheffield is an advanced training programme available over one year (full-time), or two years (part-time).
The programme offers a range of closely integrated core modules in human anatomy and comparative osteology which enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the palaeoanthropological record. You will learn to think critically and we will train you in the analytical techniques required to describe and interpret the fossil evidence for early hominid and human evolution. This newly re-designed MSc course is delivered with a more widely-developed interdisciplinary perspective, including module options in theoretical and practical aspects of biological anthropology and archaeology, as well as optional modules in philosophy, linguistics and other topics. A wide range of up-to-date resources is available in the department’s Palaeoanthropology and Osteology Teaching Laboratories.
Sheffield is the ideal place to pursue this programme. As in all our programmes, we stress the integration of ‘science-based’ and ‘humanities’ approaches to produce a deeper understanding of the origins of humanity. We provide you with the opportunity to work between and across different viewpoints and arguments and to make your own mind up about their strengths and weaknesses. What we will ask of you, as a member of our lively academic community, is that you learn, think and develop your own answers to the questions raised.
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 Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback,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.
These compulsory modules will provide you with the key knowledge and understanding for research in Palaeoanthropology:
*While the majority of 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.
You will chose modules worth a total of 30 credits from amongst those offered by departments in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences or Sciences. Availability varies from year to year but the following gives a flavour of the kind of specialised modules on offer:
For information on other modules in Archaeology please see our module list.
Full programme specifications are also available.
We welcome applications from candidates with a good honours degree (2.1/GPA 3.0 or better) in archaeology, anthropology, or one of the natural or earth sciences. Students with an academic background or experience in other relevant fields may also be considered, and should contact the course director. EU and international student entry requirements can be found using the link below:
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:
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How to Apply:
Applications forms are completed on-line at the following link:
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If you are interested in the MSc Palaeoanthropology course and would like further information, or if you would like advice on how to progress your palaeoanthropological interests ahead of your application, please contact the course director Dr Kevin Kuykendall.
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