Archaeological Practice MSc

What is special about this course?

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

  • 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

  • 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

 

*Funding support notice*

A limited number of funded places are available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

(see fees/funding tab for more information)

Access routes

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

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)

 

  • You will learn through face-to-face lectures and tutorials at Orkney College UHI and video conference tutorials with experts based at other university campuses
  • There is also a significant amount of fieldwork that involves excavation, investigation and curation techniques in one of the world's best archaeological classrooms - The Orkney Islands
  • For more information, or if you have any questions about studying archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands, please contact us at: studyarchaeology@uhi.ac.uk

 

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 1 years
  • Part time (structured): 2 years

 

 

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2016-17
Scottish and EU
on-site
Rest of UK
on-site
International
on-site
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £1,100
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £3,300
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £6,600
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)
£4,680 £5,850 £10,300

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

What funding can I apply for?

The University of the Highlands and Islands is pleased to offer a limited numbers of places with full tuition fee support 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

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Government agencies and local authorities
  • Tourism, heritage sites, national and countryside parks
  • Contract units and consultancy

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider further study such as advanced research; vocational diplomas; masters by research; and PhD study

Is there more information available online?

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What our students are saying

I chose to study archaeology at the University of the HIghlands and Islands because of the unique and exciting set-up and the opportunity to be in Orkney which is a tremendous place to study the variety of archaeology available on the islands.

Dan Lee, MA Archaeological Practice student

Throughout the summer of my course I had the opportunity to excavate at a variety of different archaeological sites, such as the Ness of Brodgar, the Brough of Deerness and Brae of Habreck on the Wyre. From the excitement of uncovering the remains of a monumental Neolithic site at the Ness of Brodgar to climbing to the top of the Brough of Deerness every day to reveal more of a Viking Age settlement; these are my memorable experiences and the highlights of doing the archaeology course at Orkney College UHI. Ally Keir, MSC in Archaeological Practice, Orkney College UHI

Apply for Archaeological Practice MSc

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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