Archaeological Studies MLitt

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What is special about this course?

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. 

Special features

  • Study in the outstanding archaeological landscape of the Orkney Islands
  • Study full-time or part-time at one of our partner colleges or within the UK via distance learning
  • You will be taught by internationally recognised experts in the field and take advantage of cutting edge research taking place at world renowned sites including the Ness of Brodgar World Heritage site excavations
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
  • The course offers preparation for specialised research at PhD level

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 Honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in archaeology or a relevant subject, or equivalent academic or professional qualifications.
  • International students whose first language is not English must meet language competency standards as noted on the International page of our website.



  • 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), for more information visit:


Access routes

Students can access the programme from a range of UHI undergraduate programmes including:


Core modules are:

  • Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
  • Research and Dissertation Skills

You will also choose one option module listed under the PgDip


Option modules, from which you must choose three, 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 & Geophysical Survey
  • Maritime Archaeological Heritage
  • Digital Analysis
  • Sustainability Past and Present
  • Excavation
  • Art and Archaeology: Contemporary Theory and Practice


To achieve the MLitt award you must complete a research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)


  • Self directed study
  • You will study this course through a combination video conference seminars and online learning through the UHI 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:

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 1 year @ 35 hours per week
  • Part Time: 2 Years @ 17.5 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.

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2016-17 Scottish
(inc EU)
Rest of UK
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £520£520£650£650£1,150
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)£1,560£1,560£1,950£1,950£3,450
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)£3,120£3,120£3,900£3,900£6,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)£4,680£4,680£5,850£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?

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), for more information visit:

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may wish to consider further study such as::

  • Professional Archaeology in a variety of capacities including contract archaeology, consultancies, local authorities and museums
  • Tourism, heritage sites, national and countryside parks
  • Secondary school teaching on completion of a PGDE(S)
  • PhD research

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider further study such as:

  • Advanced research and vocational diplomas
  • PhD study

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Archaeological Studies MLitt

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

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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