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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;
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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
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At the University of the Highlands and Islands our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum. At postgraduate level many of our courses can be studied fully online from anywhere in the world; others are campus-based, where you will have access to research-active subject specialists. We are a multi-campus university with centres across the north of Scotland. Some courses area available in one location only, for others you may have a choice of campus.Read more
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.
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
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.
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