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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.
*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)
Core modules are:
You will also choose four option modules which may include:
To achieve the award of MSc Archaeological Practice you must complete a 60 credit professional placement or dissertation
The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:
Scottish and EU
Rest of UK
|Per module (20 credits)||£520||£650||£1,190|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,560||£1,950||£3,570|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,120||£3,900||£7,140|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£4,680||£5,850||£10,700|
Scottish and EU
Rest of UK
|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.
A limited numbers 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
You may wish to consider further study such as advanced research; vocational diplomas; masters by research; and PhD study
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I was attracted to study the course in Orkney due to the sheer scale of archaeology present on the islands. This, combined with the support from the teaching staff and the unrivalled access afforded me at The Cairns, enabled me to follow an innovative line of research that played to my strengths. The opportunity to be involved with world-leading excavations at the Ness of Brodgar and other sites was also a chance not to be missed.
Ben Price, MSc Archaeological Practice graduate.
I was impressed with the subject selection; from professional training in techniques such as geophysical surveying, to historical subject-specific classes with topics as diverse as the material culture of the Norse, or burial practices. Even greater was the opportunity to apply these techniques and research methods to specific sites around the Orkney Islands.
Ian Clements, MSc Archaeological Practice graduate.
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.
Professor Jane Downes, Director of 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
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