What is special about this course?
This course is unique in its focus on the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. It offers the opportunity to consider wider archaeological concepts and theoretical issues, utilising world-class sites in Orkney and the North Atlantic region.
The MLitt Archaeological Studies will enable you to engage critically with current themes and debates in archaeological practice, theory and method.
There is a wide range of module options which draw on the research specialisms of the Archaeology Institute staff and these provide you with the flexibility to combine taught modules and dissertation research according to your own research interests.
You can develop chronological specialisms grounded in the archaeology and heritage of the region, for example in Prehistoric Archaeology or in Celtic through to Viking/Norse and Medieval Archaeology. Or you may choose to combine period-based modules with our professional skills modules to gain a broader knowledge and understanding of the diversity of methods and theory practised within archaeology.
- Study in the outstanding archaeological landscape of the Orkney Islands.
- You will be taught by internationally recognised experts in the field and take advantage of cutting edge research, taking place at world-renowned sites including the Ness of Brodgar World Heritage site excavations.
- A suite of residential and/or practical modules in excavation and post-excavation approaches is available to those who choose to study on campus.
- You can also study from your own location, studying online and by video-conference, in real-time or recordings - see study mode tab for more information.
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree.
- The course offers preparation for specialised research at PhD level.
- 2:2 Honours degree or above in archaeology or a relevant subject, or equivalent academic or professional qualifications.
*Funding support notice*
A limited number of funded places are available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students
Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland-domiciled and EU students)
Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland-domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
Students can access the programme from a range of UHI undergraduate programmes including:
- BA (Hons) Archaeology
- BA (Hons) Scottish History & Archaeology
- BA (Hons) Scottish History
- BSc (Hons) Archaeology and Environmental Studies
- BA (Hons) History and Archaeology
- BA (Hons) History
- BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage
- BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Archaeology
- BA (Hons) Social Sciences
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed this course you might wish to consider careers in the following areas:
- Professional archaeology in a variety of capacities including contract archaeology, consultancies, local authorities and museums.
- Tourism, heritage sites, national and countryside parks.
- Secondary school teaching on completion of a PGDE(S).
About the School
The University of the Highlands and Islands is an integrated university encompassing both further and higher education.