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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 12k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 26.6k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This world-class programme, has been designed to provide a unique educational opportunity in exploring the complementary disciplines of Geographical Information Science (GIS) and Archaeology, providing an intensive educational opportunity to equip students for a career at the exciting interface of Archaeology and information and survey technologies. The programme aims to develop and improve the understanding of the field of GIS by mixing strong practical skills with fundamental theoretical knowledge that supports the application of GIS skills in any software environment. Our unique modular structure enables you to tailor the programme around your individual interests and career goals.Demand for skilled GIS and Archaeological expertise continues to develop, and our team is held in high regard by employers. This reputation ensures that our graduates receive favourable consideration when they begin looking for work.


    The expertise gained from this programme will allow you to continue to study or to pursue a career in surveying, illustration and 3D visualisation, digital archiving, heritage management, terrain modelling, database management, geomatics or consultancy. Our GIS graduates have gained work in both public and private sector organisations, including Historic Scotland, English Heritage, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, CFA Archaeology, Atkins, Jacobs UK, SLR Consulting, central government departments such as DEFRA and several local authorities.

    Programme Structure

    Study takes place over two semesters of taught courses, through lectures and seminars, after which you will work towards an individual dissertation. There is also a field trip to the Scottish Highlands focusing on techniques for capturing geospatial information.

    Core courses

    * Introduction To Spatial Analysis
    * Spatial Modelling
    * Research Practice and Project Planning
    * Principles of GIS for Archaeologists
    * Dissertation

    Through consultation with your Programme Director you will also choose from a range of option courses.

    Suggested option courses may include

    * Advanced Spatial Database Methods
    * Archaeology and Environment
    * Byzantine Archaeology: The archaeology of the Byzantine empire and its neighbours AD 500-850.
    * Distributed GIS
    * Frontiers in Archaeology: Research Seminars
    * Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
    * Further Spatial Analysis
    * GeoVisualisation
    * Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
    * Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing
    * Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms
    * Object Oriented Software Engineering Principles
    * Theoretical Archaeology

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    You should have a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent. A UK 2:2 or equivalent may also be accepted with relevant industrial or business experience: English Language Requirements:IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section) TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (with no score lower than 20 in each section) A degree from an English speaking university may be accepted in some circumstances. More information about other qualifications we accept is online: English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL iBT® test: 100 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Students applying for GIS and Archaeology may be eligible to apply for funding. More information can be found online:

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