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MRes – Archaeology, Anthropology, Forensic Sciences & Life & Environmental Sciences

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

There are varied and exciting research opportunities in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, forensic sciences, and life & environmental sciences.

A Master’s by Research (MRes) allows you to explore a specific research question that interests you and by undertaking this degree within our Faculty of Science & Technology your research project will be developed in collaboration with our academic University staff who will provide you with specialist knowledge and supervisory input, while accessing BU's technical facilties and information resources.

Our unrivalled location, which has the greatest levels of biodiversity in Britain and includes the UNESCO Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coast and the New Forest, will give you easy access to sand dunes, coastal cliffs, rivers, forests, meadows and heathlands for any necessary field research. You’ll also have access to some of the best teaching and research laboratories in the UK. We have one of the most extensive collections of human and animal skeletal reference materials in the UK, including an exceptional range of human, hominin and modern primate teaching casts. Previous excavation trips have contributed to our archaeological collections of human and animal remains from sites spanning the Bronze Age to Post-Medieval periods. 

You will also be part of BU’s wider postgraduate community and have access to the suite of research, professional and personal training offered through the Doctoral College and your Academic faculty. 

We strongly encourage collaboration across specialisms, and an MRes provides an opportunity to work with supervisors from various backgrounds to deliver truly impactful research.

The minimum completion time for the full-time course is 12 months with flexibility to take up to 18 months. If you would prefer to complete the course part-time, the minimum completion time is 24 months with flexibility to take up to 36 months to complete.

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Key information

Next start date:

January 2019, April 2019, September 2019, January 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot & Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

12-18 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree at 2:1 or higher. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

An MRes provides an opportunity for you to tailor your studies to your specific research interests or career aspirations. Undertaking an MRes within the fields of archaeology, anthropology and forensic sciences or life and environmental sciences at BU will allow you to collaborate with world-leading researchers in these areas.

You can set out to find the answer to a particular research question and will have the chance to delve more deeply into a subject area that you are passionate about. We strongly encourage collaboration across specialisms, and an MRes is an excellent opportunity to work with supervisors from various backgrounds to deliver truly impactful research.

An MRes is also a good precursor to a PhD, allowing you to develop your research skills, enhance your ability to critically analyse information and solve complex problems. 

Entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for a MRes with the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Sciences & Enviromental Sciences by clicking on the ‘apply now’ button and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full.

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