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MPhil Bioarchaeology

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Philosophy
Duration
12 Months [Full-Time]
Entry requirements
We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MPhil Y N N N

Programme description

Palaeontological and archaeological remains provide a unique window to the past that is essential for understanding how organisms, including humans, evolve and respond to long-term environmental change.  Research within this area uses morphological, chemical and biomolecular studies of fossil and archaeological remains to investigate research questions concerning patterns of palaeobiodiversity, key evolutionary innovations such as flight and bipedalism, and the earliest genetic modifications of plants at the transition to farming.

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,407, Low £7,000, Medium £14,000, High £19,000
    International students (per annum): Standard £24,000, Low £26,000, Medium £31,500, High £36,500

Contact details

Department
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0776
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 306 9361
Email
Website
https://www.ees.manchester.ac.uk
School/Faculty

Our internationally-renowned expertise across the School of Natural Sciences informs research led teaching with strong collaboration across disciplines, unlocking new and exciting fields and translating science into reality.  Our multidisciplinary learning and research activities advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring students to promote positive change through educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

English language

Overseas students would need to demonstrate competence in English.  Students who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take an English language test and attain a minimum of:

  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each sub-test
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with no less than 22 in each sub-test

Other English language qualifications can be considered. For more information visit the English language requirements page.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Before you start your application, make sure you have all the information and documents you will need:

  • Potential supervisor:  you can find a list of our Academic and Research staff here .
  • Transcript and degree certificates: please notice that you will need to provide transcripts even if you haven't graduated by the time you apply.
  • English certificate: see our entry requirements for more information.
  • 2 academic references: please contact your referees and ask them to email their reference letter and referee report form  to pgr.earth.sci@manchester.ac.uk .
  • Personal statement: your personal statement shouldn't be longer than a page. For more information on how to write one see here .  
  • Research proposal:  for advice on how to write one click here .
  • CV

* Please notice that you will need to submit translations if your original documents are not in English.

* It is preferable to submit your documents in PDF format.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

Palaeontological and archaeological remains provide a unique window to the past that is essential for understanding how organisms, including humans, evolve and respond to long-term environmental change.  Research within this area uses morphological, chemical and biomolecular studies of fossil and archaeological remains to investigate research questions concerning patterns of palaeobiodiversity, key evolutionary innovations such as flight and bipedalism, and the earliest genetic modifications of plants at the transition to farming.

Additional fee information

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows: 

  • MPhil (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum):Band 1 £7,000, Band 2 £14,00, Band 3 £19,000. International students (per annum): Band 1 £26,000, Band 2 £31,500, Band 3 £36,500.
  • MPhil (part-time) UK/EU students (per annum): Band 1 £3,500, Band 2 £7,000, Band 3 £9,500. International students (per annum): Band 1 £13,000, Band 2 £15,750, Band 3 £18,250.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk