Archaeology courses

Dan Lee with students at the Ness of Brodgar excavation in Orkney.

Access course

This course is designed for students who want to discover archaeology and is really an introduction to the subject.

It is open to anyone who wants to learn about archaeology and will involve two hours per week taught classes. The course is available through the UHI virtual learning network (in other words – over the internet). So that means you can work from anywhere that has an internet connection. Teaching will focus on the archaeology and history of the north of Scotland. We use local tutors for support where necessary.

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Introduction to archaeology

The course is aimed at people who are interested in the history and archaeology of Scotland and is designed to be an introduction to the fascinating landscape of the British Isles.

Students will not only study how landscapes have changed over time but also investigate an area of landscape in detail and learn how to conduct a Desk Based Assessment (DBA) on an area of landscape of their choice – a key employment skill in archaeology.

Optional modules


This course will appeal to those students who have studied archaeology, art history, fine art or related subjects at undergraduate level.

You can enrol in this course as a stand-alone module or use it as CPD (continuing professional development) for use in your workplace. The course can also be used as an optional module for students studying Fine Art MA, Archaeological Studies MLitt or the Archaeological Practice MSc.

For more information contact Dr Antonia Thomas.