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  Archaeological Practice MSc

Online University of the Highlands and Islands    Arts, Humanities and Business

Full time & Part time September MSc, PGDip 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the 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.

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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

 Course Content

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Where will I study?

Where is University of the Highlands and Islands


Student Profiles

Dan Lee

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.

Ally Keir

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

Martin Carruthers Curriculum Leader for Archaeology; and Programme Leader for MSc Archaeological Practice; and MLitt Archaeological Studies

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.

Martin Carruthers, Curriculum Leader for Archaeology; and Programme Leader for MSc Archaeological Practice; and MLitt Archaeological Studies, talks about the benefits of studying archaeology with the university.


Scholarships, discretionary funds and bursaries may be available to our postgraduate students, Please check our website for more information.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Various - see webpages

Application Procedure

Please see our website for details of the application process for any relevant funds.

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A 10% discount in tuition fee is available to degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands on any of our taught postgraduate courses.

The alumni discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any additional costs which may be required to complete the course.

The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and must be requested before or at the time of paying the first year fee.

The alumni discount is not available in conjunction with any bursary or scholarship or combinable with any discounts from the university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount on tuition fees


Degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands are eligible for 10% discount on the relevant tuition fee for any of our taught postgraduate courses.

Application Procedure

Eligible degree alumni must request and have confirmation of the 10% tuition fee discount preferably during the admissions process, but certainly prior to payment of fees and/or enrolment.

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