Study archaeology with us

The UHI Archaeology Institute is in the UK’s top 15 university archaeology units – and second in Scotland – with over 80 per cent of its published research achieving the two highest classifications of “world-leading” and “internationally excellent”.

Dr Jasmijn Sybenga
Dr Jasmijn Sybenga at work in the lab at Orkney College UHI during her PhD research. (Tim Winterburn)

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?

The courses at the UHI Archaeology Institute are closely linked to the cultural heritage of Scotland, but also places it within a much broader global context. 

Analysis of faunal remains in the Archaeology Institute labs.

Whether you are looking to acquire a detailed understanding of the practice of archaeology, excavation skills through hands on experience and archaeological placements, or engage critically with current themes and debates in archaeological practice, theory and method, we can help you.

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, and have the opportunity to get involved in our excavations, including the Ness of Brodgar and The Cairns.

There is a strong emphasis on developing archaeological skills in a number of areas including:

  • Field archaeology (excavation and survey)
  • Environmental archaeology (zooarchaeology, archaeobotany and osteoarchaeology)
  • Digital archaeology (photogrammetry and archaeological illustration)

Take a step into the past with us…

A dig with a view. Excavations under way at Gunnister, Shetland. (Dan Lee)
A dig with a view. Excavations under way at Gunnister, Shetland. (Dan Lee)