University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Archaeology of the North

Students are equipped with research skills to investigate the material culture and heritage of the far northern hemisphere, a region that includes Scotland, the North Atlantic, Scandinavia and Baltic Europe, Northern Russia and the circumpolar region through Siberia, the North Pacific and high-latitude North America; with an emphasis on colonisation and culture contact, lifeways and world-views, every student is provided with a thorough knowledge of the theory and practice specific to northern archaeology, together with the foundation for further study or professional employment; in addition every student acquires detailed competence in a specialist regional or chronological field, chosen from a range of options across the entire northern world.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent, preferably in archaeology or a related discipline across the arts, social sciences or physical sciences; applicants whose 1st language is not English require proof of English language proficiency.

Course modules

Core modules include: Northern worlds; northern cultures and peoples; theories and methods in research; advanced archaeological approaches in northern research; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment for each 30-credit taught module is on the basis of 1 3000-word essay and 1 3000-word project on topics relevant to the course, chosen in consultation with the student�s supervisor; the nature of the project may vary from course to course and include reports, exercises and presentations; there is also a dissertation of 12000 words.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 3,600 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
MSc Full-time £ 3,600 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 18 months
MSc Part-time £ 1,700 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 4,530 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Graduate School Admissions Unit
Telephone number: 
01224 272655