While intensive and challenging, those receiving an MSc degree in Osteoarchaeology will be uniquely equipped with the knowledge and hands-on experience that allows them to carry out the analysis of human bone.
The programme is a sound basis for both professional development and further research, integrating practical skills with theoretical understanding to put specialist analyses in context.
The degree offers participants of this targeted programme the ability to:
• identify and interpret bone remains from archaeological sites
• develop hypothesis testing skills
• carry out relevant scientific analyses, often in cooperation with experts in other disciplines
• engage in theoretical and methodological discussions relevant to osteoarchaeology
• design research strategies based on transferable skills (a basis for advanced studies).
The programme can either be taken over one year (full-time), or over two years (part-time). Students will be required to complete six courses. Individual courses will be delivered by means of lectures, seminars and hands-on practical work with archaeological assemblages and reference collections. Candidates are assessed on each course through coursework, which comprises essays, reports, and both oral and written practical examinations. The assessments are designed to test satisfactory completion and understanding of the work covered in the various courses.
Successful completion of the taught component of the programme qualifies candidates to receive the Postgraduate Diploma. Those who attain a satisfactory standard in their assessed work may proceed to an MSc, undertaking a supervised project on an approved topic and submitting a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words by the end of the programme year (normally early September).
The University of Edinburgh
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