Courses Postgraduate

Passionate about the past? Take your interest to a new level with our MLitt Archaeological Studies course

Our MLitt in Archaeological Studies is accepting students to start in January 2023. Students can undertake the course at a UHI campus or online, giving those interested that chance to study archaeology from your their own home and gain a postgraduate qualification from the UHI Archaeology Institute.

Study with us, anywhere in the world, from January 2024

Taking levels on site. (Tim Winterburn)

If you’re passionate about archaeology and would like to take it to the next level, our MLitt in Archaeological Studies is accepting students for a January 2024 start.

MLitt students can either attend a UHI campus or participate online, giving those interested that chance to study archaeology from home, wherever they are, and gain a postgraduate qualification from the UHI Archaeology Institute.

Lectures, meetings and seminars are delivered via video conferencing and the course is open to everyone, wherever they are on the planet.

In the trench at the Ness of Brodgar. (Tim Winterburn)

The course is made up of a range of modules, which draw on the research specialisms of the UHI Archaeology Institute staff. These allow students to combine taught modules and dissertation research according to their own archaeological interests.

The choice is yours and you can fit your MLitt course into your own lifestyle.

But don’t take our word on it, check out some of the comments from previous MLitt students:

“I decided to study at UHI because I wanted to improve my knowledge of Scottish archaeology, having mainly worked in England, and I loved the fact I could fit in my studies around work, log in from anywhere in the UK, while getting to choose to take modules based on some of my interests.

I really don’t think I could choose a favourite period so the MLitt Archaeological Studies has let me learn more without trying to choose one area of study.”

Ailsa Westgarth

“The quality of the teaching is top-notch and it’s delivered by researchers actively working at the cutting-edge of some of the most exciting archaeological projects in Europe.

I’ve really enjoyed the rigor and intensity of the programme and UHI’s experience with distance-learning systems has enabled me to fully participate in everything the course offers even though I’m based in the USA.

The knowledge, skills and professional connections I’ve gained at UHI are already benefiting me hugely in my work on climate change and cultural heritage at the Union of Concerned Scientists. It’s a truly unique programme and I’d recommend it to anyone.”

Adam Markham, Deputy Director of Climate and Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists, UHI MLitt Archaeological Studies student from Connecticut, USA.

“I had no thought of returning to University when visiting Orkney a second time in 2017. I had been more than ten years before and had learned then of the University of the Highlands and Islands. On reluctantly departing the rich and beautiful Orkney Islands that year, I decided to take the plunge and apply for the MLitt in Archaeology.

The lecturers are some of the best in the field and provide a fascinating and broad landscape and timescape in which to explore in Orkney and beyond. The unstructured self-paced video conference aspect makes it flexible for my distant life and getting to visit and dig on a world-class excavation the first summer was fantastic! Access and guidance to the literature alone has been worthwhile.

This is among the most rewarding experiences of my adult life and I wish it could continue indefinitely.”

Don Helfrich, UHI MLitt Archaeological Studies student from New Mexico, USA

“I have thoroughly enjoyed studying for the MLitt in Archaeology Practice and would highly recommend the programme to anyone with an interest in furthering their knowledge of past society and its cultures.

The distance-learning approach adopted by UHI is really interactive and easy access to online lectures and presentations is perfect for anyone already working full time or busy raising a family. The diversity of modules on offer alongside the unfailing support from lecturers and support staff make this high calibre course a very worthwhile venture.”

William Burke, UHI MLitt Archaeological Studies student

Students don’t have to complete a whole masters course. They can complete individual modules that support their requirements, for example, a stand-alone module to support professional CPD.

To discuss your options, contact Professor Ingrid Mainland or for more details, see the UHI website.