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Human Osteology and Palaeopathology



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The course was amazing and is one of the best in the country. Compared to other universities, Bradford is on another level of friendliness. Sabine Pescheck, MSc Human Osteology and Palaeopathology, 2015

Entry requirements

2:2 or above in Archaeology, Anthropology or another suitable subject (for example Forensic Science, Medical Science).

Students will normally have a minimum of one GCSE in mathematics.

Other relevant qualifications will be considered.

For North American students a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is required, or an equivalent.

Admissions are made on the basis of demonstrated ability, qualifications, experience, references, and, occasionally, interviews.

English language requirements

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

The teaching and learning strategy takes into consideration the learning outcomes, the nature of the subject, and the need for students to take responsibility for their own learning as part of this advanced taught programme.

The thematic modules are delivered in a combination of formal lectures, student-led intensive seminars/tutorials and extensive practical instruction. Coursework (e.g. laboratory reports, critiques, worksheets) is geared towards demonstrating relevant knowledge, understanding and professional skills in principal approaches to the analysis and interpretation of archaeological human remains and the application of scientific methods or archaeological theory. Communication skills are tested in both written and oral form in several modules.


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The Biological Anthropology Research Centre (BARC) has three dedicated osteology labs. Our main teaching space is the Keith Manchester laboratory, with state of the art touchscreen, radiography screens and photographic rig.

Our laboratories are equipped with a large range of osteological equipment and reference casts, which can be borrowed for dissertation research. The School’s radiography laboratory allows us to take digital radiographs for teaching and dissertation research.

We hold an extensive collection of over 4500 human skeletons, the largest teaching collection in the UK. These date from the Neolithic to the 19th century, and include internationally important sites such as the mass grave from the Battle of Towton (AD 1461, reputedly the bloodiest battle fought on English soil), remains from a medieval leprosarium and almshouse in Chichester, and Wetwang Slack, the largest excavated Iron Age cemetery in the UK. The BARC also curates an extensive collection of over 5,000 radiographs, both skeletal and clinical.

The Integrated Life Sciences Learning Centre provides students with access to virtual dissection, virtual autopsy, virtual histology and a large collection of anatomical specimens and casts, including pathological specimens from clinical cases.

Study abroad

Students may have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).

These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.

Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities

Study support

You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.

Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations), as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.

The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

These are in addition to the wide range of student support offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.


The strong research culture of the School of Management informs the teaching and learning of our students.

Our extensive industry networks provide the avenue for application of this knowledge.

All teaching staff are highly research-active, and publish widely. As much as is possible, teaching staff incorporate their own research into the teaching.

There is a dedicated HRM research methods course which teaches HRM practitioners how to conduct people management research and analyse their findings. Students complete a dissertation (practical research project) to address an actual issue in a business as their final assessment.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.