MSc in Human Anatomy & Evolution

The MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution is a unique programme, allowing you to study human anatomy from an evolutionary perspective. You will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge of cutting edge tools for morphometrics, imaging and functional simulation used to interpret the fossil record. In addition, you can gain practical knowledge of anatomy through dissection of human cadaveric material as well as comparative anatomical study. You will also undertake a research project of your choice in consultation with your supervisor to investigate a current question in human evolution.

You will be taught in small groups and have access to, and work alongside, tutors and researchers who are leading experts in their fields. They will share their expertise, knowledge and skills, and support you throughout the duration of your course.

The Human Anatomy and Evolution programme offers a mix of core modules and electives, giving you the opportunity to develop fundamental evolutionary and anatomical knowledge whilst also enhancing your skills in specialist areas of interest. You also have the option to study full-time over one year, or part-time over two years - refer to the programme brochure for more details.

Cutting edge facilities and techniques

You will have access to a dedicated computer suite with a full range of software, including generic and specialist anatomy, virtual anthropology, modelling and engineering packages. You will practice 3D modelling and imaging, 3D printing and visualisation, as well as research techniques, including data collection and analysis.

You will also have access to the state-of-the-art dissection facilities at the where you will gain practical anatomical knowledge through the study of human cadaveric material.

Access to world-leading experts and networks

Through membership of the interdisciplinary PALAEO Centre at the University of York, you will meet and work alongside internationally renowned specialists. PALAEO holds regular meetings to research major questions in human evolution.

An ideal option for intercalating students

This programme is an ideal option for medical students wishing to intercalate. It will hone and develop your analytical and research skills, as well as your practical skills using state-of-the-art equipment, which will enhance your performance on your undergraduate programme.

Flexible options available

If you would like to study part-time, the programme has been designed with an estimated seven hours contact time per week spread over two working days. More information on the part time structure is available in the handbook.

Open to strong graduates in anatomy, anthropology, archaeology, biology, psychology, zoology and other related fields. Minimum 2.1 or equivalent. IELTS 7 for applicants whose first language is not English.

The course is also well suited for intercalating medical students. For intercalating students, a minimum of 3 years of successful MBBS or comparable medical qualifications is required.


English Language requirements

English Language requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of proficiency in English Language as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (in the academic test, with minimum score of 6.0 in all four language competences: Listening, reading, speaking and writing).

Fees Home / EU Students (2018/19):

  • Full-time £7,940
  • Part-time (2 years) £3,970 (year 1 fee)

Fees Overseas Students (2018/19)

  • Full-time - £20,910
  • Part-time (2 years) £10,455 (year 1 fee)

The fees for part time study are for the current year only, fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.

Postgraduate loan scheme

If you're starting a Masters you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,000.

Full details about the loan scheme and how to apply are available here.

Part-time option

If you would like to study part-time, the part-time programme has been designed to allow you to seek employment with an estimated eight hours of contact time per week over two working days. (this may vary slightly depending on the optional modules selected)

HYMS is offering one competitive scholarships for 2018-19 entry.

Home/ EU Scholarship £2,500

Please complete the PGT Scholarship Application Form form by 31 July 2018 to be considered. In order for your application to be considered, you must hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) from HYMS.  

Applications should be made through the University of York online application portal.

Click here to apply for the MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution

Applications for these programmes should be submitted by 31st July 2017.

"On this course you will gain hands-on practical experience of human evolutionary anatomy using cutting-edge techniques for the analysis of musculoskeletal form, function and the evolution of our species, and active lab-based research that will broaden your experience and provide exciting opportunities for your research training."

Dr Laura Fitton, Programme Director