About the Department

University of AberdeenEstablished in 2007, we are one of the UK's youngest archaeology departments, located in one of Europe's oldest universities. As befits the 'Global University of the North', archaeology at Aberdeen has a special high-latitude focus that is found nowhere else.

Reflecting this, our staff are prominent researchers and fieldworkers in Northern Europe, Scandinavia, the North Atlantic, Mongolia and the circumpolar region from Siberia to the Canadian arctic. Closer to home, the archaeology of Scotland is a natural priority.

Spanning the humanities and physical sciences, our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offer a complete archaeological education with a distinctive northern flavour.


Archaeology is available to study at undergraduate level as:

Both can be taken as three-year Designated degrees or four-year Honours degrees.

The main difference between the MA and BSc programmes lies in the subsidiary subjects taken along with Archaeology:

  • BSc will be mainly science-based subjects
  • MA students will be expected to take subjects from the humanities and social sciences.

In addition the department offers a number of Joint Honours degrees with subjects such as:

  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Scandinavian Studies 
  • Celtic

At postgraduate level, the Department of Archaeology at Aberdeen currently supports research opportunities in a wide range of subject areas culminating in a Doctoral Degree (PhD). In addition we offer a number of taught one-year post-graduate (Masters) courses including our flagship course, MSc in The Archaeology of the North, a postgraduate qualification currently unique to Aberdeen.