University of Sheffield

Department of Archaeology

MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Sheffield´s MSc in Human Osteology has long provided advanced training in the archaeological study of human bones. This program will provide you with both the technical skills and knowledge required to conduct such analyses, and the cultural understanding of funerary practices needed to situate your findings within a broader archaeological and historical context. In short, we will provide you with the tools to write human history from human remains.

The program is designed to appeal to all those who want to further their knowledge of what human remains can tell us about the past, and to acquire the practical expertise needed to unlock that knowledge. It will be of particular value to students who wish to learn the skills necessary to undertake doctoral research in human osteology, and to practitioners who want to enhance their skills-base.

This is a very intensive program, which makes full use of our department's diverse range of expertise, laboratory facilities and comprehensive reference collections to provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to identify and interpret human skeletal remains from archaeological sites. We will provide you with insights into the range of research methods used in the study of human skeletal remains and in the analysis of the cultural attributes of burials.

Sheffield is the ideal place to pursue this program. The teaching staff (including Pia Nystrom on human anatomy, human osteology, and primatology,Lizzy Craig-Atkins on human osteology and palaeopathology, Umberto Albarella on zooarchaeology, and Kevin Kuykendall on palaeoanthropology) are leading practitioners in human osteology and funerary archaeology. The program has, for a number of years, been one of the most successful of its kind, and has trained many of those who now teach or practice the discipline.


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 with minimum 6 in each component, or TOEFL score of at least 100 in the internet-based test, 600 with at least 5 in TWE, or 250 in the computer-based test.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 14190 GBP

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