What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
All applicants must meet, or be predicted to meet, the minimum entry requirements of ABB at A level. For a full list of approved subjects please refer to the University website. Please also note our minimum GCSE requirements.
All applicants must meet, or be predicted to meet, the minimum entry requirements of ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6.
The minimum requirement is 34 with 6 5 5 required at Higher Level, Standard Level: English at 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers41%
Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.
Tuition fee & financial supportNot available
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Archaeology investigates the human past using artefacts. The University of Edinburgh has a tradition of archaeological research and specialises in European prehistory and the early prehistory and civilisations of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. You can choose courses that combine archaeology with ancient history and you can also study ancient civilisations such as the Greeks, Romans, Persians and Byzantines. You will be introduced to basic archaeological techniques and the philosophy and methodologies of archaeology. You can choose to specialise by geographical area or period and to become involved in practical research or applied archaeology, for example through fieldwork. Within Edinburgh there are key archaeological institutions including the National Museum of Scotland, Historical Scotland, the Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Scotland, and several applied archaeological companies. There are opportunities to take part in excavation and archaeological survey fieldwork in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. The recently refurbished teaching and research space offers excellent laboratory facilities and houses an extensive collection of archaeological reference materials. We achieved an average score of 91 per cent for student satisfaction in the last three National Student Surveys (2010 to 2012).
Years 1 & 2: Prehistoric periods from the origins of man to a period contemporary with the climax of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome in the later 1st millennium BC; geographically the curriculum ranges from north-west Europe through central and south-eastern Europe and the Mediterranean to Egypt and western Asia; archaeology 1 broad introduction; archaeology 2; archaeology of Britain in its continental setting down to (but not including) the Roman period; archaeology of Scotland and Ancient Near East are available. Years 3 & 4: 4 papers on: European, Mediterranean or Near Eastern period; principles, applied techniques and methods in archaeology: theoretical archaeology and 2 chosen from on practical aspects; dissertation; 6 weeks' fieldwork in each of 1st 3 years.
Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. We are globally recognised for our research and innovation and we've provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. Edinburgh itself has something for everyone - pubs, clubs, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh Festival.
How you'll spend your time
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- Lectures / seminars
- Independent study
How you'll be assessed
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- Written exams
- Practical exams
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Typical Ucas points
2:1 or above
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