This degree programme encompasses theory, methodology and practice.

A combination of wide ranging courses, tailored to suit your interests, will help you to develop an understanding of specific regions and periods, current theories, methodologies and major research issues, all of which provide the basis for a PhD or future participation in excavation, survey and/or lab work.

Edinburgh is an ideal venue for archaeological study and research, allowing you to benefit from national institutions and heritage agencies, such as the excellent collections and resources of the National Museum and the National Library of Scotland.

Study Details:

MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

You will take several courses across two semesters of teaching, including a compulsory course and a range of optional courses.

The compulsory course provides a general introduction to graduate study in archaeology and enables you to develop your research skills.

The compulsory course for this programme is:

Research Sources and Strategies in Archaeology 20

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Student Destinations

The programme equips you to go on to advanced study, and also provides a solid foundation for a career. You will gain practical as well as academic experience, teamworking and analytical skills, and will be able to work in a variety of contexts.

Examples of career paths available to archaeology graduates (although some may require additional training) include: higher education, heritage management and agencies, commercial archaeology, environmental assessment, schools (if combined with another subject), tourism/travel.

An archaeology degree does not, of course, restrict you to a career in archaeology. You may develop your own career pathway in unusual ways or branch into related fields, while maintaining a lifelong interest and involvement in archaeological work and research.


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Entry Requirements

You will need a UK 2:1 honours degree, a minimum US 3.25 GPA or international equivalent, in a subject related to this programme, preferably  Archaeology or Classical Archaeology, or another degree or combined degree in which archaeology figures prominently (such as Anthropology in the case of applicants from the USA).

We will also consider honours degrees in some other subjects such as History, Classics or Ancient History if your personal statement demonstrates how you are equipped to undertake the programme.

Relevant experience, or professional or other qualifications will also be considered.

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