Archaeological Practice, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    10300
    Tuition (Full programme)
    4680
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

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.

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 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

Programme Structure

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
To achieve the award of MSc Archaeological Practice you must complete a 60 credit professional placement or dissertation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2): 176

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  • Minimum required score: 92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • 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

Student Visa

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 10300 International
  • GBP 4680 EU/EEA
  • Scottish and EU on-site £4,680; Rest of UK on-site £5,850; International on-site £10,300.

Funding

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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