Research course


University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is a world-class teaching and research organisation dedicated to advancing our understanding of the historic environment through the creation, interpretation and dissemination of archaeological knowledge.The Institute provides a focus for :

  • university teaching and lifelong learning
  • innovative research
  • commercial applied research and consultancy

Our research

Situated in beautiful but environmentally fragile landscapes, our work takes in the full range of the Highlands and Islands’ rich and diverse archaeological heritage, including :

  • Neolithic stone-built settlements, tombs and stone circles.
  • Iron Age brochs
  • Pictish and Viking settlements and burials
  • historical archaeology of the Clearances
  • the First and Second World Wars.

The Archaeology Institute is also building a reputation for excellence by undertaking internationally significant research further afield with current research projects ongoing in Easter Island, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

You can also study for either MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in archaeology, enabling you to develop your own interests and ideas alongside a growing group of postgraduate research students undertaking research into a wide variety of topics. If you are interested in undertaking a research degree in archaeology, then please contact the department either via email or phone, to discuss your ideas before making a formal application.

For more information on any of our courses please feel free to contact or telephone +44 (0)1856 569323 for an informal chat.

Our REF results are available here

Our Research Centres are listed here

Information for international students

UHI is emphatically a student-centred institution where research departments and support services ensure that international students are well integrated academically and socially.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.
International students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.

Either by application for Research Council studentships and internally-funded studentships or self-funding.

Please see the University Funding web site here

For fee information please see this web page

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600