Which? uses cookies to improve our sites and by continuing you agree to our cookies policy.

MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

41%

Subjects
  • Archaeology
Student score
75% LOW
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k HIGH
Icon pencil

What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA-ABB

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.

Scottish Highers
ABBB-AAAA

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.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
34

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.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

41%

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.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not 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
Icon docs

Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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).

Modules

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.

University of Edinburgh

Old college quad

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

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
21%
79%

Year 1

21%
79%

Year 2

14%
86%

Year 3

9%
91%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
55%
45%

Year 1

57%
43%

Year 2

27%
73%

Year 3

10%
84%
6%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

Icon bubble

What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 75% LOW
Able to access IT resources

80%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

80%

Feedback on work has been helpful

64%

Feedback on work has been prompt

44%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

60%

?

Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
43% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
79% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
442 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
Icon ribbon

What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

10%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There don't tend to be many archaeology undergraduates out there (just over 800 graduated in 2012) but it's quite a popular subject at postgraduate level. In fact, over a quarter of archaeology graduates take some kind of further study when they graduate. When you look at the stats, be aware that junior jobs in archaeology are not always well paid at the start of your career, and that temporary contracts or even unpaid work are not uncommon. The archaeology graduates of 2012 found jobs in management and heritage and environment work, as well as more conventional graduate jobs in business and the finance industry.
Carousel arrow left Carousel arrow right
Get all the advice
Expert tips for uni - straight to your inbox
Free to students, teachers and parents
Sign me up
Follow us