Prospective postgraduates

Postgraduate community

Our postgraduate community is international, making the School the ideal environment for you to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals.

We are a close-knit department offering a vibrant exchange of ideas. Our postgraduate students play an active role in our research culture, and we provide opportunities for discussion of current research developments on a range of archaeological themes, as well as other talks and events.

You will become part of an active osteological community, the members of which originate from many parts of the world. This includes staff, research students and other taught MSc students, linked by a common interest in bioarchaeology.

There are frequent lectures and seminars from guest speakers, and many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activites, such as processing skeletal material, creating skeletal inventories, visiting museums, and field schools abroad.

Hear from our students

In this short video Ita discusses her experiences studying the MSc in Human Osteoarchaeology

Ita - MSc (Taught) in Human Osteoarchaeology

or read an interview with our former student Lauren

Lauren - MSc (Taught) in Human Osteoarchaeology


The Archaeology seminars provide an opportunity for discussion of current research developments on a range of archaeological themes.

The One Health Research Group is concerned with the investigation of the diverse relationships between humans, animals and their environments that shaped past health in its broadest sense.

In addition, the School has a diverse range of regular seminar series and many standalone events.


ArchSoc is the Edinburgh University Archaeology Society, run by students, for anyone who is interested in archaeology. They hold a variety of events throughout the year, from weekly pub nights to visits to local archaeological sites. They also hold a regular lecture series, featuring guest speakers from throughout the UK and further afield.

Formed in 2013, Edinburgh Archaeological Outreach Project consists of undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD students of The University of Edinburgh and members of the University of Edinburgh’s Archaeology Society. The intent of the EAOP is to provide children in the Edinburgh and wider communities with a free experience and insight into a subject that before may have been closed to them. EAOP hopes to ignite interest in local heritage, history and archaeology.

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland holds regular lectures, including the annual Rhind Lecture, where an expert presents a detailed examination of an archaeological topic over one weekend. Fellowship of the Society is open to anyone with an interest in archaeology and history; applications are considered in late November.

 Other societies which may be of interest include: