Archaeology Courses

MSc Archaeological Practice @UHI Enrolling Now

View from Rousay over the Skaill Farm dig

The University of the Highlands and Islands MSc Archaeological Practice is a world leading archaeology course which equips you with the tools for work in the real world.

Key practical skills are emphasised using the rich archaeological resource of Orkney as your research ‘laboratory’. Core modules will develop your practical skills in a suite of archaeological techniques including project management, excavation, non-intrusive field archaeology, environmental archaeology and post-excavation analysis.

One of the elements of the programme that students find especially useful is a professional placement in a commercial or academic environment. This provides students with the vital experience of working in the often demanding environment of a large organisation.

Last year Ross Drummond worked in the marketing department at the Archaeology Institute and gained valuable experience in all aspects of public relations and media management including on-site social media reporting and blog writing.

MSc Ross Drummond on location in Rousay, Orkney

The special features of the course that students mention are:

  • Studying in the outstanding archaeological landscape of Orkney….including the Ness of Brodgar, The Cairns and on the island of Rousay (the Egypt of the North)
  • Optional modules allow you to develop professional skills in a
    range of areas including archaeobotany, archaeozoology,
    geoarchaeology, survey & geophysics, digital recording of
    archaeological materials and sites
  • A 3-month professional placement offers the opportunity
    to further develop your professional skills in a chosen area(s)
  • The course is flexible to fit in with your personal and
    professional life
Ross Drummond, Msc Archaeological Practice student, at the Skaill Farm dig on Rousay


A limited number of places with full tuition fee support are available for Scottish-domiciled/EU students, studying full time, on the MSc Archaeological Practice starting in September. Eligible students must live in Highlands and Islands for the period of their studies. The MSc itself requires that you study in Orkney.

For full funding details see our website.

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To discuss your options on our MSc programme either fill out the form below and we will get back to you or give us a ring on 01856 569225 or apply through the UHI website.