Archaeology (Arts and Social Sciences)

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


Archaeology is the only discipline that studies the human past in its entirety; from the origins of our species to the events of yesterday. Archaeology at Aberdeen has a special northern focus that is unique in the UK. Through lectures, field and laboratory work you will engage with the archaeology of Scotland, Scandinavia, northern Europe, the North Atlantic and northern latitudes of Asia and North America. You will be taught by internationally acclaimed researchers.

First Year: Caves to Kingdoms: an Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology; Archaeology in Action.

Second Year: Prehistoric Britain: From Boxgrove to Bede; Test Tubes and Trowels: an Introduction to
Archaeological Science; Past Lives; The Archaeology of the North: Lifeways & Cultural Change.

Third Year (Junior Honours): Professional Archaeology I: Field Methods; Archaeological Research Project Part I; Professional Archaeology II: Post-excavation Analysis and Employment.

Fourth Year (Senior Honours): Archaeological Research Project Part 2; Current Issues in Archaeology; Bioarchaeology: Biological Approaches in Archaeology; A choice of specialist Archaeology courses.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements:

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBB (by end of S5) plus English at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

Entry to year 2 may be possible with 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including a relevant subject at A.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

1 Foundation Apprenticeship is accepted in place of a Higher.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Arts and Social Sciences


Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History

SCQF Level