The course combines an emphasis on the key practical skills essential for a career within the archaeological profession with a critical study of the advanced theoretical and methodological concepts underpinning the discipline.
We stress the acquisition of vocational skills through practical experience using as our 'laboratory' the rich archaeological resource of Orkney, home to some of the world's most renowned archaeological monuments.
Core modules will introduce you to the principles, philosophy and theory of cultural heritage management and immerse you in a suite of practical archaeological techniques including excavation, non-intrusive field archaeology, digital means of exploring and recording archaeological materials, environmental archaeology and post-excavation analysis.
There is flexibility to pursue an interest in period-based modules which reflect the research specialisms of the Archaeology Institute UHI staff, or you may choose to focus entirely on our professional skills modules.
- Study in the outstanding archaeological landscape of the Orkney Islands
- Contribute to cutting edge archaeology research at world renowned sites including the Ness of Brodgar World Heritage site excavations
- A three month placement module offers the opportunity to develop your professional skills and gain valuable fieldwork experience
- Flexibility is build into the course to match your personal and professional life - you can study individual modules or work towards the PgDip or develop your expertise to gain a full masters degree
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Core modules are:
- Cultural heritage management
- Practical archaeology
You will also choose four option modules which may include:
- Death and Burial Archaeology
- Vikings and Norse in the North Atlantic
- Neolithic Studies
- From Vikings to VE Day: Scottish Medieval and Later Society
- Iron Age Scotland in the Atlantic World
- Archaeological and Geophysical Survey
- Maritime Archaeological Heritage
- Digital Analysis
- Sustainability Past and Present
- Art and Archaeology: Contemporary Theory and Practice
- Geoarchaeology of the North Atlantic
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArchaeology View 133 other Masters in Archaeology in United Kingdom
- 2:2 honours degree or above in archaeology or closely related subject, or equivalent academic or professional qualifications
- You may also be considered if you can demonstrate significant professional experience in the field of archaeology
International10300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 10300 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA4680 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4680 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
- Scottish and EU on-site £4,680; Rest of UK on-site £5,850; International on-site £10,300.
Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).The MSc Archaeological Practice is recognised by the Canadian loans system, therefore students from Canada can apply for funding to study archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
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