MRes Human Bioarchaeology

MRes Human Bioarchaeology at Winchester offers an intensive research-training programme with a high level of supervisorial contact.

MRes Human Bioarchaeology at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in Archaeology or a related discipline. It is also expected that the applicant will have already taken an undergraduate level module in Human Bioarchaeology/Human Osteology or equivalent, have participated in a bioarchaeological/osteological field school, or have relevant professional experience.


Please note the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate exit qualifications have a different title to reflect the research element: PgDip Human Bioarchaeological Research and PgCert Human Bioarchaeological Research.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start date


Teaching takes place



This is a unique course that gives students the opportunity to study the practical and theoretical aspects of human bioarchaeological research, while also undertaking an in-depth research project of their own choice.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017  Entry Full-time | £5,000
September 2017  Entry Part-time | £2,500 p/a

Total Cost | £5,000

International Students

September 2017  Entry Full-time | £11,200
September 2017 Entry Part-time | £5,600 p/a

Total Cost | £11,200

Additional Costs


  • Printing and binding:students will be required to pay for the printing and binding of their dissertation (all other assignments are electronic submissions). Cost £20. 


  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to the popularity of some books, there will not be enough availability for every student. It is advised that students look into purchasing second-hand copies. Cost £150. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

Study examines approaches and methodologies, theoretical underpinnings and practical applications in archaeological research, with some modules focusing on the practical and theoretical aspects specific to Human Bioarchaeology.

The programme is suitable for those who have a clear idea of a human bioarchaeological research topic which they may wish to follow to PhD, but who need to acquire new research skills or hone existing ones. This programme is also suitable for those working in the archaeology, heritage or environment sector wishing to enhance their research experience.

Departmental staff have particular expertise and access to skeletal collections relevant to research in:

  • The Roman Period
  • The Early and Later Medieval Periods
  • Medieval Hospitals
  • Leprosy in the Medieval Period
  • Skeletal Trauma
  • Deviant Burials
  • Commingled and Disarticulated Remains
  • Cremated Remains

Core Modules:

  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Analysing and Presenting
  • Archaeological Data
  • Human Skeletal Anatomy and Fundamentals of Skeletal Analysis
  • Palaeopathology
  • Personal Research Methodology
  • Dissertation

Modes of teaching include lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars and workshops. Attendance at departmental/research centre seminars enables students to share their experiences.

Programme Leader

Assessment is by means of a series of essays, reports, exams and a blog/diary. One module takes the student through the process of producing an academic standard research paper. Students apply the research skills developed in the production of a substantive piece of research of 20,000-25,000 words on a Human Bioarchaeological topic of their choice, supervised by a member of staff with relevant research interests.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

MRes Human Bioarchaeology acts as a basis for an advanced career within archaeology, or related discipline, or as preparation for undertaking an MPhil or PhD.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here

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