Taught course

European Archaeology

University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, US GPA 3.4 or other international equivalent, in a subject related to this programme.

  • An undergraduate degree in archaeology, classical archaeology, classics, ancient history, social anthropology or another combined degree in which archaeology figured prominently is preferred.

  • Applicants with a first degree in some other subjects, such as History and Geography, will also be considered, but will need to demonstrate in their personal statement that they are equipped to undertake the programme.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme lets you explore the richness of European archaeology, a region that presents innumerable opportunities for archaeological research, through examination of a wide range of periods, geographical areas and themes.

The flexible programme lets you tailor your individual studies to suit your interests and take advantage of the experience of our staff, as well as those in related programmes in history, classics and geography. You will develop an understanding of European archaeology, with an emphasis on European prehistory, and a knowledge of topics including contemporary theoretical perspectives, methodologies and practice.

This programme incorporates transferable skills and training,while preparing you for a professional role in archaeology or further study at doctoral level.

The School has excellent facilities: dedicated study space, archaeological and computing laboratories, teaching and reference collections. The city of Edinburgh is ideal for archaeological study and research, allowing you to benefit from national and local institutions and heritage agencies, such as the excellent archaeological collections of the National Museum, the archival and bibliographic resources of Historic Environment Scotland, and the expertise and practical advice of staff in several commercial archaeology companies.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Office
+44 (0)131 650 3772