Biological Anthropology is the study of evolution and variation in human populations and of the interactions between human biology and environment. This combines the School’s international reputation for anthropology, archaeology and biology, specifically including studies in primatology, evolutionary anthropology, human osteology, zooarchaeology, but also (paeleo-) ecology and behaviour.
The course gives a core grounding in human evolution, primate behaviour and ecology, the origins of human behaviour and how hominins adapted to their environment, as well as human and animal skeletal analysis. you can opt to focus further on: Past environmental conditions and changes; the archaeology of humans and their diets; or human skeletal analysis.
You choose your own research project based on your interests and skills in collaboration with staff in our department. This course offers a uniquely wide range of suitable project topics that can prepare you for a career in a variety of aligned fields.
A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional experience
We welcome students on this course for both full-time and part-time study. For those wishing to complete the course on a part-time basis, the course is studied over two years. Students will be expected to study a minimum of three units per year, plus their dissertation (usually towards the end of their second year). The timetable of when the units take place vary each year, however, the units are timetabled during daytime hours, and will be studied with fellow full-time students.
Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology
Advanced Human Osteology
Primate Behaviour and Ecology
Options – choose one of the following:
Human Skeletal Analysis
Humans, Animals & Diet
Past Environmental Change
Graduates from this course can go on to pursue a wide range of careers related to biological anthropology such as: forensic anthropology, primate behavioural ecology or conservation, professional osteoarchaeology, human evolution studies.
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