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Orkney College – Courses in Archaeology

Archaeological Practice - MA PG Dip

Archaeological Practice - MA PG Dip

This exciting course is one of a number of courses on offer from the UHI Millennium Institute. The initiative is led by Orkney College and students will be based in Orkney for their time of study. The course aims to provide an opportunity for those wishing to continue studies in archaeology, to develop new skills, gain further experience in existing skills, and continue professional development.

The course is taught by staff from Orkney College and from other UHI Millennium Institute partner institutions including Shetland College and Lews Castle College. Students will also work with the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA), OAESIS, Tankerness House Museum, conservation and farming agencies and organisations, and may also have the opportunity to take field trips and placements in other areas of the Highlands and Islands.

The course is structured in such a way as to blend together archaeological theory and practical skills, and we feel the courses have a lot to offer those who seek professional skills and hands on experience relevant to current archaeological thinking and practice.

Orkney College Shallow Geophysics Msc PG Dip

Orkney College Shallow Geophysics Msc PG Dip

This programme is aimed at graduates in archaeology and environmental sciences who wish to specialise in geophysical prospection, and to graduates with geophysics degrees who wish to move into shallow archaeological/environmental prospection. The programme will provide you with an understanding of the scientific principles behind the techniques used in shallow prospection and a comprehensive knowledge of the practical use of a variety of techniques commonly used in archaeological/shallow geophysics. Core modules cover theoretical and practical applications of shallow geophysical techniques including gradiometry, magnetic susceptibility, area resistance survey, electrical imaging and tomography, and ground penetrating radar. Optional modules allow you to expand your knowledge in different areas. If your background is in archaeology you will be encouraged to widen your skill base with optional modules in environmental site investigation and GIS. Geophysics graduates are encouraged to take optional modules in archaeology to gain an understanding of the formation of archaeological sites.


solid foundation in the theoretical aspects of archaeological geophysics
hands-on experience of geophysical survey
access to a wide variety of state of the art equipment
study techniques and application in a diverse archaeological landscape


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