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Archaeological Science in the Post-Genome Era
Provider: The Natural History Museum of Denmark

Activity no.: 5929-18-12-31 
Enrollment deadline: 29/07/2018
PlaceNatural History Museum of Denmark,
Date and timeAugust 2018
Regular seats40
Course fee6,375.00 kr.
LecturersHannes Schroeder
ECTS credits7.50
Contact personHannes Schroeder    E-mail address: hschroeder@snm.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserHannes Schroeder    E-mail address: hschroeder@snm.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Block noteWeek 33, all 7 days include
Exam requirements80% of class atttendance, submission og two in-class exercices.
Exam formWritten assignment, 24 hours
Exam detailsOn the last day of the course, students will be given the title of a set essay, of 5-6 pages in length, to be written in English and to be submitted within 24 hours as a take home assignment.
Exam aidsAll aids allowed
Grading scale7 point grading scale
Criteria for exam assessmentSee learning outcome No external censorship Several internal examiners
Exam re-examinationStudents will be given another take-home assignments in the form of an essay to be submitted within 24 hrs.
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours



Since the publication of the first ancient human genome in 2010, archaeology has seen a significant rise in the use of various '-omics' methodologies. These changes have been facilitated by rapid developments in DNA and protein sequencing technologies and the rise of "big data". This intensive week-long summer course will provide students with a broad but detailed introduction to these new methodologies and their application in archaeology, including ancient genomics and the analysis of ancient proteins. The course consists of a series of lectures and computing practicals designed to give students first-hand experience working with high-throughput sequencing datasets.


Learning outcome

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • describe key principles behind various 'omics' applications in archaeology;
  • reflect on, analyse, and critically discuss interpretations of the past based on 'omics' data;
  • consider and assess the usefulness of 'omics' applications in their own work.


Literature will be provided prior to the start of the course alongside the course compendium.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will take place in a mixture of lectures, interactive workshops, and hands-on computing practicals where student participation will be expected. The computing practicals will focus on data processing, visualization and interpretation. The course will be taught in English.



The work-load amounts to a total of 210 hours, equalling 7,5 ECTS. Students must be prepared for a considerable amount of reading before the course. However, most of these texts are of an introductory nature; the aim is to secure a minimum of knowledge of the basics of disciplines other than the student's own. The workload is distributed as follows:

  • Pre-course preparation time (reading of suggested literature): 92 hrs
  • Preparation during course (typically 3 hrs a day): 36 hrs
  • In-class activities (lectures and exercises, typically 6 hrs a day): 66 hrs
  • Writing of exam paper: 16 hrs

Course completion requirements

  • Attendance of a minimum of 80% of classes
  • Completion of all course assignments
  • Completion of an evaluation form


To enroll on this PhD course, please:

1) Click on Apply and

Send a letter including a short CV (2 pages max) and an explanation of how the course will benefit your own research. Please send the application email to Kirsten Wivel-Snejbjerg (kws@snm.ku.dk) and Hannes Schroeder (hschroeder@snm.ku.dk).


Application and deadlines

PhD students must apply as credit students through the Copenhagen University Faculty of Science using this application form. Bachelor and Masters stuents also apply through the Faculty of Science at Copenhagen University using this application form. For more information, please contact the student services help desk at the Faculty of Science. Deadline for applications is 29 July 2018.



Hannes Schroeder (hschroeder@snm.ku.dk)

Lasse Vinner (lasse.vinner@snm.ku.dk)

Gabriel Renaud (gabriel.renaud@snm.ku.dk)

Fernando Racimo (fracimo@snm.ku.dk)

Martin Sikora (msikora@snm.ku.dk)

Matthew James Collins (matthew.collins@snm.ku.dk)

Contracting departments
The Natural History Museum of Denmark

Academic qualifications:

Applicants should have a first degree in archaeology, biology or a related field.


Tuition fees

Tution fees are DKK 850 per ECTS credit. The price includes teaching as well as admittance to an ordinary exam and a re-exam. For more information, please contact the student services help desk at the Faculty of Science.


Students are eligible to apply for accommodation through the Copenhagen University Housing foundation. For more information on costs and how to apply, please visit the Housing Foundation website.

Registration fee for external students Dkr. 6.375,00 

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