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MSc Bioarchaeology: Forensic Anthropology

University of Exeter


  • This fast-advancing field combines archaeology with branches of natural sciences
  • Our bioarchaeology lab is dedicated to the study of anatomical variation, palaeopathological conditions, and the funerary context of human and animal remains
  • Three distinct courses with a core of shared compulsory modules and distinct course modules with optional module.

MSc Bioarchaeology: Forensic Anthropology

  • Our Forensic anthropology course combines skills sets of biological anthropologists, archaeologists, pathologists and forensic scientists to facilitate recovery, identification and analysis of human remains to assist with problems and questions of legal significance
  • To aid your studies, we have a laboratory dedicated to the study of anatomical variation and palaeopathological conditions in human and animal bones


Many of our Archaeology students go on to study at PhD level, and the MSc in Bioarchaeology serves as excellent preparation. Your tutors and the Archaeology academic staff will help you put together applications for funding and develop a research proposal if you should choose to take this path.

Of course doctoral study is not the only option available to you, you will graduate with a full range of skills that will make you competitive in the job market.

Recent careers

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work directly in Archaeology or the wider Heritage Sector, with careers such as:

Archaeological Assistant
Experimental Archaeologist
Field Archaeologist
Museum Curator
Time Team Archaeologist/Community Archaeologist

Employment support

While studying at Exeter you can also access a range of activities, advice and practical help to give you the best chance of following your chosen career path.

The three available Bioarchaeology pathways are: MSc Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology MSc Bioarchaeology: Zooarchaeology MSc Bioarchaeology: Forensic Anthropology

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  • Musculature Anatomy
  • Skeletal Anatomy
  • Research Design in Archaeology
  • Advanced Human Osteology
  • Bioarchaeology Dissertation
  • Forensic Anthropology: Principles and Practice
  • Professional Skills in Archaeology
  • Advanced Project
  • Themes in Archaeological Theory and Practice
  • Discovering the Past with Molecular Science
  • Field Study
  • Landscape Archaeology: Understanding the Historic Environment
  • Material Culture
  • Advanced Zooarchaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Funerary Osteoarchaeology
  • Requirements

    Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
    1 year


    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time