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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 UHI staff, or you may choose to focus entirely on our professional skills modules.
*Funding support notice*
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.
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)
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.
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level 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; PhD study
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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
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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