Archaeology and Environmental Studies BSc (Hons)

UCAS code VF49

What is special about this course?

Do you want to study in one of the best natural and archaeological landscapes in the UK?  If the answer is yes, the BSc (Hons) Archaeology and Environmental Studies degree is for you.

This course gives you the opportunity to focus on the scientific aspects of archaeology while combining your studies with sustainability issues, techniques in field-based evidence, and ethics.

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland offer some of the best nature and heritage conservation sites in the UK and the residential field modules, which form part of your studies, will enable you to experience these while developing your environmental and archaeological skills. This skillset will provide opportunities to pursue careers across a variety of research, policy and interpretation roles, in a wide range of wildlife and heritage organisations.

Special features

  • You will have unparalleled opportunities to develop environmental and/or archaeological skills in some of the UK’s best sites for nature or heritage conservation
  • Optional field modules are available
  • Combine two subjects in this joint honours degree
  • You will undertake a work placement - Engaging with external agencies - in your fourth year
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development (CPD)

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Principles of biology
  • Archaeological theory and method
  • Historical landscapes
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Ecological principles: biodiversity and ID skills (including a one day residential)

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Chemistry 1
  • Science lab skills
  • European prehistories

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Scottish archaeology
  • Earth and soil processes
  • Digital heritage
  • Introduction to geographical information systems

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Managing archaeology for contemporary society
  • Freshwater environments, environmental conservation
  • Wetland archaeology
  • Marine environments
  • Ecological and statistical modelling

Year 3 - BSc

Core modules are:

  • Archaeological sciences
  • Archaeology and interpretation
  • Strategic environmental monitoring
  • Archaeology or research skills project

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Prehistory of the Highlands and Islands
  • Practical environmental archaeology
  • Climate change
  • Management of the marine resource
  • Applications of analytical chemistry

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Sustainability past and present
  • Engaging with external agencies, including a work placement

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Iron Age archaeology
  • People, plants and animals
  • Neolithic Scotland
  • Funeral and burial archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Science and society
  • Conservation of biodiversity

You must also complete a dissertation (double unit)

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing. Where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors
  • You may also take part in field trips

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable @ 10 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Highland Theological College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI - September start only
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Study Mode2020-212021-22
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2021-22 Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £4,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

YearLevel2021-22 Full-timeWith scholarship
Year 1 CertHE £13.620 £9,620
Year 2 DipHE £13.620 £9,620
Year 3 Degree £13.620 £9,620
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Study Mode2020-212021-22
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £13,200 £13,620
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,600 £6,810
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,200 £2,270

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Archaeology and Environmental Studies course, you might like to consider a career in:

  • Policy development
  • Interpretation with a range of wildlife or heritage groups including Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission
  • Archaeological contract units
  • Consultancy
  • Archives and museums
  • Government agencies and local authorities
  • Media and politics
  • Tourism and heritage management
  • Teaching
  • Research

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Archaeology and Environmental Studies to the following postgraduate courses:

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

During my studies I was able to undertake a great deal of voluntary work, such as environmental sorting, bone washing, and collating plans, documents and photographs, all of which has given me extra experience and widened my skill set.

Lorraine Sharpe graduated from the BSc (Hons) Archaeology and Environmental Studies in 2014; and the MSc Archaeological Practice in 2015, at our Orkney College UHI campus.

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