MSc Archaeology of the North

MSc Archaeology of the North

Sven and John at Nunalleq with figurines


Welcome to the Archaeology of the North – the only programme of its type in the world!

The archaeology of the circumpolar North is at the centre of this one-year MSc degree programme. Through lectures, seminars and fieldtrips, students will develop their knowledge of northern cultures, and the research skills required to investigate the material culture and heritage of the far northern hemisphere. Working with staff members in the department, who are experts in their fields, you will be navigating Scotland, Scandinavia and the Baltic, and the circumpolar region through Siberia to Asia, the North Pacific and high-latitude North America.

With an emphasis on human interaction with the environment, lifeways and worldviews, colonisation and culture contact, you are provided with a thorough knowledge of the theories and practices that form the foundations of northern archaeology.

In addition you will develop detailed competence in a  methodological, regional or chronological specialty within the world of northern archaeology.

This degree can be taken as preparation for higher research, as a professional qualification, or purely out of interest.

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Programme Details

The programme is offered full time over one year or part time over two years. The modules offered are:

*AY5002 & AY5502 can be substituted with modules from Archaeology and other disciplines, including AY5005 Viking Archaeology, and modules from Museum Studies and Anthropology.


A range of funding opportunities can be found by searching the University of Aberdeen's central funding database.

General information about funding sources available can also be found on the University of Aberdeen website.

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