What is special about this course?
With world-renowned archaeological heritage sites such as Skara Brae, Maeshowe, the Camster Cairns and Mousa Broch, what better place could there be to study archaeology than in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland?
Our BA (Hons) Archaeology is closely linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of Scotland but also places all of that within a much broader global context.
The degree will provide you with a detailed understanding of the practice of archaeology. You will also develop your own practical skills in archaeology through hands-on experience and archaeological placements.
You will receive research-led teaching from lecturers engaged in world-class research on projects from the Scottish Islands, the UK and Ireland, to the Atlantic region and Polynesia.
There is a strong emphasis on developing archaeological skills in a number of areas including field archaeology (for example, excavation and survey); environmental archaeology (for example, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany and osteoarchaeology), together with digital archaeology, such as photogrammetry; and archaeological illustration.
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- A highly practical course focusing on necessary ‘on-the-job’ skills such as surveying, fieldwork and post-excavation practices
- Our studies are linked to the distinctive cultural heritage of Scotland – what learning experience could be richer?
- You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of locations.
Entry to year one:
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
- 2 A level at grade BC or above
- At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects.
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
Advanced entry to year two:
- HNC Social Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7, which is equivalent to 120-degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two
- The satisfactory completion of our Archaeology and Local Studies access the course.
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Archaeology with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses and 8 units passed at SCQF level 6:
- Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
- Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
- Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
- Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
- NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
- NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
Core modules are:
- Archaeological theory and method
- World archaeology
- Historic landscapes
You will also choose three option modules which may include:
- Science and archaeology
- European prehistories
- One module from our range of humanities subjects
Core modules are:
- Excavation skills: normally taken during the summer vacation prior to the commencement of year two, at a site location off-campus. You will be responsible for covering the costs of any travel and subsistence associated with your participation in this two-week module
- Scottish archaeology
- Digital heritage
- Managing archaeology for contemporary society
You will also choose two option modules which may include: wetland archaeology; and one from our range of humanities subjects
Core modules are:
- Archaeology and interpretation
- Archaeology project
- Archaeological sciences
You will also choose:
- One or both from pre-history of the Highlands and Islands and historical archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
- Plus further option modules from either archaeology or our range of humanities subjects
Core modules are:
- Sustainability past and present
- Dissertation (archaeology)
You will study an additional three modules from the list of options below; availability rotates each year and is dependent on minimum numbers:
- Funerary and burial archaeology
- Maritime archaeology and heritage of Northern Scotland
- The Iron Age of Scotland c800BC-800AD
- Peoples, plants and animals
- Vikings and Norse archaeology
- Neolithic Scotland
- Landscape archaeology
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have completed your BA (Hons) Archaeology degree you might like to consider careers in:
- Archaeological contract units
- Archives and museums
- Government agencies and local authorities
- Media and politics
- Tourism and heritage management
About the School
The University of the Highlands and Islands is an integrated university encompassing both further and higher education.