The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute’s BSc (Hons) in archaeology and environmental studies is one of a trio of courses that have placed the UHI first in Scotland in the “Earth and Marine Sciences” category of The Guardian newspaper’s 2022 University Guide.
The course, which can be studied at any of the UHI’s ten campuses, focuses on the scientific aspects of archaeology alongside sustainability issues, techniques in field-based evidence, and ethics.
It, along with the marine science BSc and environmental science BSc from the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI) in Oban, also earned the university third place in the UK, following the Universities of Exeter and Oxford.
Karen Acham and Jessie Mackintosh are two UHI students currently on the BSc (Hons) archaeology and environmental studies, which is led by Dr Jen Harland of the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute.
Describing the course as “absolutely fascinating”, Jessie explained: “The modules from each discipline tie in together, which, I feel, gives me a more complete knowledge of the subject. For example, my module in environmental conservation gave me a deeper understanding when it came to studying wetland archaeology.”
She added: “The Environmental Studies also brings a more current view of climate change and processes which will be necessary for archaeologists of the future to be aware of.”
Living in the Scottish isle of Arran, Karen is one of the many UHI students who rely on distance learning.
“Going back into higher education after 40 years was a big thing for me and I was not sure if I would last the distance. However, I’m now half way through and loving it! All my modules have been first class – and fun!”
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