Archaeomics Summer School

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 5-day 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 outcomes

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.

Teaching format

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

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.

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.