Palaeoanthropology MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You will require a good 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate degree should be in Archaeology, Anthropology or  related fields such as (but not limited to) some science subjects (Biological, Physics, Geology, Geophysical), History and Geography.
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Overview

The MSc in Palaeoanthropology provides an up-to-date foundation in the study of human evolution for people interested in human origins.

The programme's especially suitable for graduates with a first degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Earth or Life Sciences. You'll be able to tailor your studies to reflect you interests, by choosing from a diverse array of subjects such as:-

  • the archaeology of early hominin sites
  • African archaeology
  • hominid palaeontology
  • evolutionary theory
  • primate evolution
  • science-based techniques in palaeoanthropological investigation.

You'll complete your programme with a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words on an aspect of human evolution.

We aim to be flexible, supportive, encouraging and challenging in our approach to students. For example, if you're new to a topic you're very welcome to attend lectures offered in Year Three modules of the undergraduate programme in Evolutionary Anthropology.

For any enquiries please contact Dr Magnus Widell.

Case Study: Dylan Jones

Paleoanthroplogy MSc

“I believe that the myriad of both practical and theoretical skills I have gained throughout my studies, in addition to continued support from passionate staff members, has put me in good stead for a future within the discipline.”

Read Dylan's full story

Why Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology?

Academic expertise

Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology has academic staff who are actively engaged in research ranging from early prehistory through to late antiquity.

Here are some of our specialisms:-

  • African archaeology
  • ancient languages
  • archaeology of the Mediterranean and the Near East
  • archaeological science
  • Egyptology
  • European prehistory
  • Greek and Roman history and culture.

Fieldwork is an important part of research in archaeology and we've projects based internationally, in Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria, Jordan, Turkey, Italy, Zambia and South Africa, as well as in the British Isles.

Taught master's programmes

We offer a unique breadth of taught masters degrees in Ancient History, Archaeology (MA or MSc), Human Evolution, Classics and Egyptology.

You can configure a wide choice of modules to suit your interests and requirements and there are opportunities to learn different approaches and techniques, as well as ancient languages such as Greek, Latin, Akkadian, Sumerian, Egyptian and Coptic.

All of our master’s degrees provide intensive training to prepare you for doctoral research and employment.

Excellent resources

The Ancient World and Archaeology has been studied at Liverpool since the 1880s, so we've had plenty of time to build up an enviable library and a fantastic museum.

The Garstang Museum, which is in the ACE building, has outstanding archaeological collections, along with extensive laboratory facilities for conservation, lithics, geomagnetism, stable isotope, trace elements, finds processing and sample preparation.

We also have a GIS suite with facilities for archaeological drawing and offer 24-hour access for taught students to a dedicated Student Resource Centre, complete with PCs, personal lockers, desk space, wi-fi and a networked printer.