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)


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

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) with grades CCC and eight units passed at SCQF level 6:

  • Access to Biological Science (West Lothian College)
  • Access to Health and Life Science (Fife College)
  • Access to Life Science (Dundee & Angus College; Edinburgh College)
  • Access to Physical Science (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to Science, Technology and Health-related degrees (Perth College UHI)

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules include:

  • Principles of biology
  • Archaeological theory and method
  • Historical landscapes
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Ecological principles: biodiversity and ID skills (including a one day residential)
  • Plus 1 option in semester 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules include:

  • Scottish archaeology
  • Earth and soil processes
  • Digital heritage
  • Introduction to geographical information systems
  • Plus 1 option in both semester 1 and semester 2

Year 3 - BSc

Modules include:

  • Archaeological sciences
  • Archaeology and interpretation
  • Strategic environmental monitoring
  • Archaeology or research skills project
  • Plus 2 options in semester 1

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Modules include:

  • Sustainability past and present
  • Engaging with external agencies, including a work placement
  • Plus 2 options in semester 2

You must also complete a dissertation (double unit)

How will I study my course?

  • 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.

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only) - not available at Inverness College UHI


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

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) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time 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 who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2017-18 and 2018-19).

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 whilst studying.

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:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £11,550 £12,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,775 £6,100
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,925 £2,034

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


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:

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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.

Apply for Archaeology and Environmental Studies BSc (Hons)

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