Please note this programme will be undergoing some changes for the 2017/18 entry and courses may be subject to change between now and the commencement of the programme in September 2017.
This programme offers you the chance to develop a detailed understanding of the application of geographical information science (GIS) and related technologies within the field of archaeology.
The programme retains a distinctive Scottish flavour, and students will benefit from the guidance of internationally recognised staff.
The programme combines the pedigree of Edinburgh’s GIS expertise with a long-established reputation in archaeological teaching and research.
You will gain a broad understanding of the use of GIS in archaeological surveying, recording and research and will be equipped with the analytical and communication skills necessary to work in this vibrant area.
Demand for the application of GIS within archaeology is growing at an unprecedented rate, including searching for new archaeological sites, determining the societal context of existing sites and examining the interplay between successive occupations of a site.
The proven ability of our GIS graduates in employment means our programme is held in high regard by a wide range of employers.
Applicants who applied after 12 December 2016 receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.
The programme is organised into two semesters of taught courses, delivered through lectures and seminars, after which you will work towards your individual dissertation.
Compulsory courses typically will be:
GIS & Spatial Analysis for Archaeologists
Spatial Modelling and Analysis
Research Practice & Project Planning
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:
Exploring the Past with Data Science
Quantitative Methods & Reasoning in Archaeology
Technological Infrastructures for GIS
Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
Active Remote Sensing: Radar and LiDAR
Passive Earth Observation: new platforms, sensors and analytical methods
Space , Place and Time: the archaeology of built environments
The Scottish Lowlands: Archaeology and Landscape before the Normans
Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change. Field trip
There is a field trip focusing on techniques for capturing geospatial information. This field trip has historically taken place at the Kindrogan Field Centre, Perthshire.
The expertise gained on this programme will allow you to continue to study or to pursue a career in surveying, illustration and 3D visualisation, digital archiving, heritage management, terrain modelling, database management, geomatics or consultancy.
Our GIS graduates have gained work in both public and private sector organisations, including Historic Scotland, English Heritage, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, thinkWhere (formerly Forth Valley GIS) and CFA Archaeology.