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Course Description

Your programme of study

In recent years Archaeology has become very well recognised on the television with Time Team and programmes about Orkney, Pompeii, hidden cities in Italy and many more. As a discipline it pieces together our hidden and sometimes lost past, helps us understand history, migration, our ancestry and it also helps us to understand just how sophisticated many previous civilisations were and the constant struggle for survival and cultural creation. There are a great many famous international sites which are often world heritage status which bring our past to tourists but the real interest lies in finding items and piecing together settlements, harbours, and how people lived on actual sites. We can then take all of this knowledge to help us understand how far reaching ancient civilisations were. Archaeology is a fascinating subject area and there are a wealth of very important sites within this region of Scotland to really enjoy whilst you are studying.

You are equipped with research skills to investigate the material culture and heritage of the far northern hemisphere, a region that includes Scotland, the North Atlantic, Scandinavia and Baltic Europe, northern Russia and the circumpolar region through Siberia, the North Pacific and high-latitude North America.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Theory and Method Research


Northern Worlds

Viking Archeology

GIS Tools and Techniques

The Museum Idea

Semester 2

Northern Peoples and Cultures

GIS Tools and Techniques

Fundamentals of GIS and Spatial Analysis

Reading Environmental Ethnography

Developing a Theory of Practice: Learning and Museums

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page


Why study at Aberdeen?

• We are ideally situated to see some world famous sites in Orkney, Aberdeenshire and Highlands

• You are taught by dedicated professionals and researchers

• You could volunteer to be part of sites threatened by rising sea levels and be part of a research team set up to investigate this

Where you study

• University of Aberdeen

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


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Living in Aberdeen

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• Your Accommodation

• Campus Facilities

• Aberdeen City

• Student Support

• Clubs and Societies

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Living costs


Visit the Archaeology page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Carly Ameen

As an American, I’d first heard about the University of Aberdeen when I volunteered for an excavation in Alaska during the summer of 2012. While there, I met and worked with both lecturers and graduate students from Aberdeen, who told me about a new MSc program that had just started here. With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, I was keen to develop more archaeology-specific skills in a graduate degree, and the one of a kind ‘Archaeology of the North’ focus promised to provide a solid foundation for a wide range of approaches to archaeology.

The chance to study and live in a different country and all of the new experiences associated with that made the move to Aberdeen very exciting. Aberdeen is an amazing melting pot of a city, and I’ve had the chance not only to experience Scottish culture, but also to get to know and work with people from all over the world who are drawn to this city for its University and it’s career opportunities in so many disciplines.


University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% discount on postgraduate tuition


Open to all University of Aberdeen graduates.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/alumni_discount/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours level degree preferably in Archaeology or a related discipline across the arts, social sciences or physical sciences. Mature students who have appropriate professional experience may also be considered. IELTS Academic (6.5), TOEFL iBT (90), PTE Academic Overall (62), Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency (176)
English Language Requirements
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Last Updated

21 August 2017

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