Archaeological Practice MSc

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What is special about this course?

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 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

Entry requirements

  • 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

 

*SPECIAL NOTICE* FUNDING SUPPORT

  • 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: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm

 

Access routes

PgDip

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

MSc

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

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)

 

  • You will learn through face-to-face lectures and tutorials at Orkney College UHI and video conference tutorials with experts based at other UHI campuses
  • There is also a significant amount of fieldwork that involves excavation, investigation and curation techniques in one of the world's best archaeological classrooms - The Orkney Islands
  • 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: 1 years
  • Part time (structured): 2 years

 

 

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2016-17
Scottish and EU
on-site
Rest of UK
on-site
International
on-site
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.

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: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm

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.

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Orkney College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Government agencies and local authorities
  • Tourism, heritage sites, national and countryside parks
  • Contract units and consultancy
  • PhD research

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider further study such as advanced research; vocational diplomas; PhD study

Is there more information available online?

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

What our students, graduates and staff say:

I chose to study archaeology at the University of the HIghlands and Islands because of the unique and exciting set-up and the opportunity to be in Orkney which is a tremendous place to study the variety of archaeology available on the islands.

Dan Lee, MA Archaeological Practice student

Throughout the summer of my course I had the opportunity to excavate at a variety of different archaeological sites, such as the Ness of Brodgar, the Brough of Deerness and Brae of Habreck on the Wyre. From the excitement of uncovering the remains of a monumental Neolithic site at the Ness of Brodgar to climbing to the top of the Brough of Deerness every day to reveal more of a Viking Age settlement; these are my memorable experiences and the highlights of doing the archaeology course at Orkney College UHI. Ally Keir, MSC in Archaeological Practice, Orkney College UHI

Apply for Archaeological Practice MSc

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

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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