Archaeology BA (Hons)

UCAS code V400
Information line 0845 272 3600*

What is special about this course?

With world-renowned archaeological heritage sites such as Skara Brae, Maeshowe, the Camster Cairns and Mousa Broch, what better place could there be to study archaeology than in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland?

Our BA (Hons) Archaeology is closely linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of our region, but also places all of that within a much broader global context. 

The degree will provide you with a detailed understanding of the practice of archaeology within Britain, Europe and the Atlantic region, as well as practical skills in archaeology through hands on experience.

You will receive research-led teaching from lecturers engaged in world-class research on projects from the Scottish Islands, to Nepal or Easter Island.

You will also have the opportunity to specialise in the archaeology of Scotland and of the Highlands and Islands in particular and there is scope to select specialist skills-based modules covering specific aspects of archaeological research and practice.

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Special features

  • A highly practical course focusing on the ‘on-the-job’ skills you need, such as surveying, fieldwork and post excavation
  • Our studies are linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands region– what learning experience could be richer?
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting. At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects.
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.

Access routes

The satisfactory completion of our Archaeology and Local Studies access course.

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) with grades BBC and eight units passed at SCQF level 6:

  • Access to Arts and Humanities; and Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic at Newbattle Abbey College
  • Access to Degree Studies at Forth Valley College
  • Access to Humanities at Perth College UHI
  • Access to Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) at Fife College
  • Access to Languages with Business; Languages, Arts and Social Sciences; and Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to University Study; and Community, Education and Humanities at Dundee & Angus College
  • NQ Access to Social Sciences; and Teaching at West Lothian College
  • NQ Access to Social Sciences

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:  

  • Archaeological theory and method
  • World archaeology
  • Historic landscapes
  • Pre-history European archaeology

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Introduction to sustainable development
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Archaeology and the lab (subject to validation)

 

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Excavation skills: normally taken during the Summer vacation prior to the commencement of year two, at a site location off-campus. You will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence associated with your participation in this two-week module
  • Scottish archaeology
  • Digital heritages
  • Contemporary archaeology

Plus two option modules which may include:

  • Earth and soil processes
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Empowering communities
  • Wetland archaeology (subject to validation)

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Archaeology and interpretation
  • Archaeology project
  • Archaeological sciences
  • Pre-history of the Highlands and Islands
  • Historical archaeology of the Highlands and Islands

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Climate change
  • Strategic environmental monitoring
  • Practical archaeology (subject to validation)

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Sustainability past and present
  • Dissertation (archaeology)

You will study an additional three modules from the list of options below, availability rotates each year and is dependent on minimum numbers:

  • Funerary and burial archaeology
  • Maritime archaeology and heritage of Northern Scotland
  • The Iron Age of Scotland c800BC-800AD
  • Peoples, plants and animals

 

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • ​Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference seminars, as well as online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors and student advisor.
  • 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: 4 years @ 35 hours per week
  • Part-time: 8 years @ 12 to 18 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2016-172017-18*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2016-172017-18
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18)

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

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

 

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000 £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040 £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680 £1,750

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have completed your BA (Hons) Archaeology degree you might like to consider careers in:

  • Archaeological contract units
  • Consultancy
  • Archives and museums
  • Government agencies and local authorities
  • Media and politics
  • Tourism and heritage management
  • Teaching

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Archaeology to the following postgraduate courses:

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The course content was probably the main thing that made it right for me, but the class sizes as well. I had a slight fear of having to sit in a big lecture hall, but with VC classes you don’t have that. I had considered other universities but the course content offered here was closer to what I wanted to study. My advice would be to have fun, get to know other people on your course, and never be afraid to ask for help.

Lucy Brayson, BA (Hons) Archaeology student.

Apply for Archaeology BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2018 or Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

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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