Taught course

Archaeology of the North

University of Aberdeen · Archaeology

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally have a 2:1 Honours level degree or equivalent, preferably in Archaeology or a related discipline across the arts, social sciences or physical sciences. Mature students who do not meet the normal entry requirement but who have appropriate professional experience may also be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The taught MSc in Archaeology of the North is the only degree of its kind in the world, reflecting the unique research focus of the Department of Archaeology at Aberdeen. This degree can be studied on a part time basis and there are two intakes each year: September and January.

Students are equipped with research skills to investigate the material culture and heritage of the far northern hemisphere, a region that includes Scotland, the North Atlantic, Scandinavia and Baltic Europe, northern Russia and the circumpolar region through Siberia, the North Pacific and high-latitude North America. With an emphasis on colonisation and culture contact, lifeways and world-views, every graduate is provided with a thorough knowledge of the theory and practice specific to northern archaeology, together with the foundation for further study or professional employment. In addition every graduate will have acquired detailed competence in a specialist regional or chronological field, chosen from a range of options across the entire northern world.

The degree can be taken as preparation for higher research, as a professional qualification or purely for interest.

The programme is offered full-time over one calendar year (September to September) and part time over two calendar years. The schedule of work for part-time students is agreed in consultation with the programme director. The MSc requires the successful completion of 180 credits, including two 30-credit core modules, two 30-credit elective modules, and a 60-credit dissertation.

Please note that not all electives may be offered every year and that additional electives may be offered from time to time. Subject to agreement, the elective course can be replaced with one from a sister discipline, such as Anthropology of the North.

More information about courses

The 60-credit Dissertation is prepared on a research subject to be agreed with the student's advisor, normally in a field related to the chosen elective module.

Information for international students

Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/international/english.shtml.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Admissions Unit
+44 (0)1224 272655