Biomedical and Forensic Studies in Egyptology: The University of Manchester

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Biomedical and Forensic Studies in Egyptology: The University of Manchester, The Graduate Office, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, Simon Building, Brunswick Street, Manchester, M13 9PL, Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
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Course description

Biomedical and scientific studies of Egyptian human remains and artifacts are making a significant contribution to Egyptology, the history of disease, medicine and pharmacy and to epidemiology. The MSc in Biomedical and Forensic Studies in Egyptology at The University of Manchester is  a unique, interdisciplinary course, set up to address the specific need for Egyptologists and professionals in related areas to become conversant with the contribution that applied medical and scientific techniques can make to research and knowledge in these fields.

This course is designed to demonstrate how scientific disciplines and techniques can be applied to Egyptological material, and to train the coming generations of Egyptologists and others in this exciting and groundbreaking area of research.

Tuition and supervision is given by researchers on the Manchester Mummy Project. Their diverse backgrounds, in medicine, dentistry, molecular biology, earth sciences, museology and Egyptology, enable them to introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach and a wide range of subjects. This cross-disciplinary training is appreciated and valued by prospective employers. Since the course started in 1995, students have pursued subsequent studies and careers in high calibre doctoral and post-doctoral research, medicine, forensic science, police work, science journalism, television research and museum curatorship.

Career opportunities

Graduates are trained for research careers in Egyptology and in related professions such as museum curatorship.

Entry requirements

  • Academic entry qualification overview: Applicants should hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum of a lower second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in any science, medicine, or a related subject; Egyptology or archaeology.
  • English language: For MSc applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

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