University of the Highlands and Islands

University of the Highlands and Islands

Archaeological Practice

The MSc Archaeological Practice is a world-leading archaeology course which equips you with the tools for work in the real world. 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 staff, or you may choose to focus entirely on our professional skills modules. Special features: • A limited number of funded places may be available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students. • Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students. • 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 built 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

Entry requirements

MSc: 2.2 Honours degree or above in archaeology or closely related subject, or equivalent academic or professional qualifications; students may also be considered if able to demonstrate significant professional experience in the field of archaeology; applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

PgDip 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 Excavation Art and Archaeology: Contemporary Theory and Practice Geoarchaeology of the North Atlantic. MSc: To achieve the award of MSc Archaeological Practice you must complete a 60 credit professional placement or dissertation.

Sponsorship information

A limited number of places with full tuition fee support are available for Scottish-domiciled/EU students, studying full time, on this course starting in September 2017 to help talented students join this key growth sector for the Scottish economy. Fees will be funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland's Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes . To be eligible for this funding students must meet the criteria for Scottish domiciled or EU fee status and be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands Transition Region for the duration of their studies. In accordance with funding regulations, tuition fee support will only be available to students who meet the funding eligibility criteria and are self-funding i.e. who are not in receipt of funding for tuition fees from other sources, including employers. Funded places will be allocated and successful applicants notified in June . Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified applicants. Students who do not meet the eligibility for the tuition fee support, or are not successful in being allocated one of the limited places, will be responsible for paying their own fees. However, there are other potential sources of funding support available . From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to £10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500. Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year . Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April . Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company . You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan . For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,850 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 11,340 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,850 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,850 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 5,850 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 650 per Module (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 560 per Module (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 650 per Module (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 1,260 per Module (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 560 per Module (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 650 per Module (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 650 per Module (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Orkney College UHI KW15 1LX Scotland

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