Programme description 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.
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 include*:
Principles of GIS for Archaeologists Introduction to Spatial Analysis Spatial Modelling Research Practice & Project Planning Dissertation
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:
Distributed GIS Frontiers in Archaeology: Research Seminars Fundamentals for Remote Sensing Object Oriented Software Engineering: Principles Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms Advanced Spatial Database Methods Byzantine Archaeology: The Archaeology of the Byzantine Empire and its Neighbours AD500–850 GeoVisualisation Further Spatial Analysis Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing The Scottish Lowlands: Archaeology and Landscape before the Normans Theoretical Archaeology Archaeology and Environment
*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.
Field trip: The programme typically includes a field trip where students focus on techniques for capturing geospatial information. This trip has historically taken place at the Kindrogan Field Centre in Perthshire, Scotland.
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.