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Want to take your interest in archaeology further?

There are many options for accredited and non-accredited learning available to students in Scotland or through distance and online learning. Also look at whether you have a local WEA group or local history/archaeology society that organise courses and lecture programmes.

Here are a few of the main UK wide providers of archaeological courses.

University courses

University of Aberdeen

Certificate in Archaeology

Designed to be flexible and available through part-time, online study. More information on University of Aberdeen website.

University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education

Various courses on a variety of subjects

A variety of subjects taught in various formats, including part-time accredited courses, online courses, short courses and summer schools. Courses available at the Institute of Continuing Education.

University of Edinburgh

Open studies short courses on a variety of subjects

Traditional adult education day and evening classes held in Edinburgh. Archaeology short courses at the University of Edinburgh.

University of Glasgow

Open programme

Variety of subjects taught in various formats, including evening courses, day and weekend courses and short courses, generally based in Glasgow. Open programme at the University of Glasgow.

University of the Highlands and Islands

Archaeological Practice; Archaeological Science; Archaeological Studies; Archaeology; Archaeology and Environmental Studies; Scottish History and Archaeology

Flexible learning, subjects can be studied over 1 to 4 years for different qualifications, part time and distance learning options available, with options to study single modules. Courses at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

University of Leicester, distance learning


Flexible distance learning available at all levels from a single module to a PhD. Distance learning options at the University of Leicester.

The Open University

Various subjects, options change regularly

All courses are flexible and distance-learning, subjects change regularly, so search on the Open University website for topics of interest.

University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education

Various subjects in archaeology

A wide range of subjects, many available online, as day or weekend courses, or summer schools. Flexible online Certificate of Higher Education available, also available as individual courses.

Various providers, FutureLearn

Various subjects 

Several Universities offer free online short courses on a range of archaeological subjects through FutureLearn

Non-University courses

Education Development International

NVQ Level 3 in Archaeological Practice

The only vocational qualification in archaeology, on-the-job distance learning. Search the Educational Development International qualifications

Nautical Archaeology Society

International training and E-Learning programme

NAS offers a modular e-learning programme, with three on-line courses: an Introduction to Maritime Archaeology, Intertidal Archaeology and Underwater Archaeology.

Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre

Various options in heritage management, built heritage and landscape

Practical courses on conservation and management of heritage, and traditional skills. Search the course directory.

Council for British Archaeology

The CBA Briefing service is an excellent way to find out about short courses, lectures and conferences.