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This course is unique in its focus on the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. It offers the opportunity to consider wider archaeological concepts and theoretical issues utilising world-class sites in Orkney and the North Atlantic region.
The MLitt Archaeological Studies will enable you to engage critically with current themes and debates in archaeological practice, theory and method.
There are a wide range of module options which draw on the research specialisms of the Archaeology Institute staff and these provide you with the flexibility to combine taught modules and dissertation research according to your own research interests.
You can develop chronological specialisms grounded in the archaeology and heritage of the region; for example, in Prehistoric Archaeology or in Celtic through to Viking/Norse and Medieval Archaeology. Or you may choose to combine period-based modules with our professional skills modules to gain a broader knowledge and understanding of the diversity of methods and theory practiced within archaeology.
*Funding support notice*
A limited number of funded places may be 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)
Students can access the programme from a range of UHI undergraduate programmes including:
Core modules are:
You will also choose one option module listed under the PgDip
Option modules, from which you must choose three, may include:
To achieve the MLitt award you must complete a research dissertation.
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.
The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:
|Rest of UK|
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£520||£520||£650||£650||£1,190|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,560||£1,560||£1,950||£1,950||£3,570|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,120||£3,120||£3,900||£3,900||£7,140|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£4,680||£4,680||£5,850||£5,850||£10,700|
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.
A limited number of places may be available with full tuition fee support for Scottish-domiciled/EU students, studying full time, on this course starting in September 2018 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 from end of June onwards. There is no separate application process, applicants holding an offer will be considered against the eligibility rules.
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
Once you have successfully completed this course you might wish to consider careers in the following areas:
You may wish to consider further study such as:
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The Archaeology Institute combines the academic and scholarly prowess of the teaching team, who are based across the Highlands and Islands, with the professional and applied skills of the consultancy field unit Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA). We are the only Scottish university with an archaeology teaching department to have such a dynamic ‘in-house’ relationship with the archaeology industry. This ‘real-world’ professional insight means that added value is given to the student experience.
Martin Carruthers, Curriculum Leader for Archaeology; and Programme Leader for MSc Archaeological Practice; and MLitt Archaeological Studies, talks about the benefits of studying archaeology with the university.
I knew I wanted to work in archaeology and pursue a PhD in pre-historic archaeology. I have such a diverse range of interests that this course has helped me to define and create some clear future research goals. The opportunities I had to volunteer with Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) were unparalleled. It was amazing to work with a company who leads in the field when it comes to coastal archaeology and recording.
Erika Sutherland studied full-time on the MLitt Archaeological Studies at the Orkney College UHI campus and moved from Vancouver, Canada, to study with us because of the rich archaeology in Orkney and the research activities at the Archaeology Institute.
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.