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Archaeology Palaeoanthropology (MSc)

University of Southampton

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Avenue Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    29-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Explore the evolution, biology and behaviour of humankind through the study of our Stone Age ancestors. With this specialist master’s in palaeoanthropology you’ll gain expertise in the analysis of stone tools and hominin skulls to understand our evolutionary journey. You’ll work closely with experts in our Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO) and benefit from opportunities to apply your learning in real-world settings.

We’re ranked Top 30 in the world for archaeology (QS World University Rankings, 2019).

Your specialist palaeoanthropology learning will cover:

  • handling and interpreting stone tools
  • the role of evolutionary models, experimental testing, primatological data and ethnographies in the study of human origins
  • developing methods to interrogate meaning from collections of stone tools
  • using SPSS statistical analysis software
  • Palaeolithic symbolism and language, migration and responses to environmental change

Beyond your specialist modules you can personalise this palaeonthropology MSc to your areas of interest.

We bring expertise together from across the University, including Medicine, Humanities, the National Oceanography Centre, Engineering and Winchester School of Art, to help you gain both scientific skills and cultural understanding through a range of optional modules.

This is a very practical degree, but you don’t need prior knowledge of biology or anthropology. You’ll be based in our dedicated John Wymer Laboratory, with its own specialist library and large collection of stone tools and hominin skulls. Staff, PhD students and MSc students work in the same space, creating a lively learning environment. As a student on this course you automatically become a member of the CAHO research group.

Careers

90% of our archaeology master’s graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey).

Your research project could set you on the road to an academic or research career - and could end up being published in an academic journal. Many of our graduates go on to complete PhD studies.

You’ll gain lots of practical, vocational experience on the course. Most students go on to work in archaeology, the heritage industry and science. Job roles have included:

  • anthropologist
  • archaeologist
  • maritime archaeologist
  • project officer
  • trainee geophysicist
  • community outreach
  • coastal process scientist
  • civil servant
  • teacher
  • forensic scientist

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 8,200 EU and international students.
Southampton’s Students Union has over 40 cultural and international groups to connect international communities in a social setting.
Specialist careers support and paid year in employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    5th out of 33 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    131 65%

    15th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76.0 76%

    5th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%

    9th

    5

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