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OverviewThis course emphasises the study of archaeological human remains within their funerary context.It builds upon the Schools extensive research in human osteology and palaeopathology and related research expertise in field archaeology, archaeozoology, molecular archaeology and archaeological biogeochemistry.The course strongly emphasises the integration of biological and archaeological evidence to address problem-orientated research themes and the application of scientific methods to
This course emphasises the study of archaeological human remains within their funerary context.
It builds upon the School's extensive research in human osteology and palaeopathology and related research expertise in field archaeology, archaeozoology, molecular archaeology and archaeological biogeochemistry.
The course strongly emphasises the integration of biological and archaeological evidence to address problem-orientated research themes and the application of scientific methods to unravelling the human past.
It provides advanced instruction in the identification and analysis of human remains, the techniques and methods applied to understanding human skeletal morphological variation, and the means by which to assess pathological conditions affecting the skeleton.
The course provides access to our world renowned collection of reference material (The Bradford Human Remains Collection), hands-on experience in the School's laboratories, and a substantial individual research dissertation.
The course can be used either as vocational training or, for the MSc, as a foundation from which to commence further research. The course is normally offered on a full-time basis but a part-time route is feasible as well. Individual modules are available to candidates wishing to enhance their specialist knowledge in a particular area.
Learning and assessment
The teaching and learning strategy takes into consideration the learning outcomes, the nature of the subject, and the need for students to take responsibility for their own learning as part of this advanced taught programme.
The thematic modules are delivered in a combination of formal lectures, student-led intensive seminars/tutorials and extensive practical instruction. Coursework (e.g. laboratory reports, critiques, worksheets) is geared towards demonstrating relevant knowledge, understanding and professional skills in principal approaches to the analysis and interpretation of archaeological human remains and the application of scientific methods or archaeological theory. Communication skills are tested in both written and oral form in several modules.
Career destinations after the MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology have included:
Lecturers, teaching assistants and post-doctoral researchers at universities in the UK and overseas
Osteologists and archaeologists working in commercial archaeology
Research, curatorial and education staff in museums
Other professional careers
The MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology has also produced a large number of doctoral research students. They have undertaken research in Bradford and at other universities in the UK and overseas, including Ireland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.
Students need to have 2:2 or above in Archaeology, Anthropology or another suitable subject (for example Forensic Science, Medical Science). Students will normally have a minimum of one GCSE in mathematics. Other relevant qualifications will be considered. For North American students a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is required, or an equivalent. Admissions are made on the basis of demonstrated ability, qualifications, experience, references, and, occasionally, interviews.
The University of Bradford is a progressive institution which aims to have a positive impact on society through embracing technology-oriented teaching methods and applied research. The university invests heavily in its facilities, and its city-centre campus is built with sustainability at the forefront of its design, such as using hemp-based building materials, edible gardens and even beehives on-site. Bradford has won several awards for its green initiatives.
Additionally, the campus is a technologically rich learning environment, with industry-standard equipment and some of the most highly qualified and widely experienced teaching staff, many of whom continue to be involved in active research alongside their teaching commitments. The university has been publishing ground-breaking research for over fifty years.