is a world-class teaching and research organisation dedicated to advancing our understanding of the historic environment through the creation, interpretation and dissemination of archaeological knowledge.The Institute provides a focus for :
university teaching and lifelong learning
commercial applied research and consultancy
Situated in beautiful but environmentally fragile landscapes, our work takes in the full range of the Highlands and Islands’ rich and diverse archaeological heritage, including :
Neolithic stone-built settlements, tombs and stone circles.
Iron Age brochs
Pictish and Viking settlements and burials
historical archaeology of the Clearances
the First and Second World Wars.
The Archaeology Institute is also building a reputation for excellence by undertaking internationally significant research further afield with current research projects ongoing in Easter Island, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
You can also study for either MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in archaeology, enabling you to develop your own interests and ideas alongside a growing group of postgraduate research students undertaking research into a wide variety of topics. If you are interested in undertaking a research degree in archaeology, then please contact the department either via email or phone, to discuss your ideas before making a formal application.
For more information on any of our courses please feel free to contact Dr.Ingrid Mainland or telephone +44 (0)1856 569323 for an informal chat.
How to apply
There is no national system for applying for postgraduate research study in the way that UCAS operates at undergraduate level.
Step 1: Make contact with relevant academic staff to consider your application in detail; to ensure you meet the entrance requirements; to develop a suitable research proposal, title and plan; assign a Director of Studies; establish an appropriate supervisory team; and discuss funding.
Here's a handy guide to writing a good research proposal.
Step 2: Complete an application form with your proposed Director of Studies.
Step 3: Your application will be submitted by the proposed Director of Studies to the university's Research Degrees Committee for approval.
Step 4: Approved applications are sent to the University of Aberdeen, our accrediting university for research degrees for final approval and registration.
Further information on all aspects of applying to study for a postgraduate research degree is available from the Graduate School. Please contact us if you cannot find the information you are looking for or would like to be put in contact with an academic within your area of study.
Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.