Entry requirements

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 allowing some flexibility.

You research and investigate the material culture and heritage of the far northern hemisphere, including Scotland, the North Atlantic, Scandinavia and Baltic Europe, northern Russia and the circumpolar region through Siberia, the North Pacific and high-latitude North America. You look at colonisation, culture contact, lifeways and world-views. You are given a thorough knowledge of theory and practice specific to northern archaeology and a foundation for further study or employment. You will acquire a 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.

Industry Links and Careers

We work in partnership with the village corporation Inc. and the Yup'ik village of Quinhagak, Alaska and on many sites around Scotland.


Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by a dedicated team of Archaeologists with a broad range of expertise and teaching which is interdisciplinary.
  • There are field trips as major part of teaching within the programme to places like the Moray Coast on Pictish focused field trips.

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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