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Scottish Ethnology and Archaeology

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
23100 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Scottish Ethnology and Archaeology programme at The University of Edinburgh combines two related yet distinct approaches to the study of human cultures, past and present.


Join the Scottish Ethnology and Archaeology programme at The University of Edinburgh and uncover Scotland’s past and help shape its future, while gaining skills that you can apply to any culture.

Scottish Ethnology

Ethnology is the discipline which studies the culture and traditions of developed societies and is sometimes described as being at the intersection where history and anthropology meet.

While commonly offered in universities across Europe, this is the only full undergraduate programme of its kind available within the UK.

Focusing on Scotland, but introducing comparative material from elsewhere, you will study the varying ways in which a modern European nation expresses itself culturally, through such forms as its customs, beliefs, social organisation, language, music and song.

This programme explores questions like:

  • How do these help to create and shape identity in the modern world?

  • How do we use and make sense of the past from within our present?

  • How can this understanding help us to shape our future?

Working with a range of rich materials, from traditional archives to modern media and digital data, you will develop the practical and intellectual tools to help navigate and influence contemporary culture and society in an increasingly globalised world.


While the ethnology component allows for the study of the recent past and the present, your studies in archaeology take you a good deal further back in time, and help you to develop a parallel range of skills in the interpretation of social and cultural change.

The programme also enables you to appreciate:

  • the material basis of archaeology

  • the contested nature of objects

  • the social relationships that are spun around them

  • the people who use and interpret them

Career opportunities

Scottish Ethnology and Archaeology graduates are highly valued in the workplace for the skills they have gained in:

  • research

  • analysis

  • communication

  • presentation

  • understanding of culture and society

Your enhanced ability to think for yourself, to distil complex issues down to their central points, and to understand the reasons for societal change, will give you the edge in careers across different sectors.

As well as archaeological practice, employment prospects are particularly high within:

  • museums and the heritage industry

  • the arts, cultural and tourism sectors

  • politics and policy development

  • education

  • journalism and the media

  • broadcasting (both radio and television)

There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level, with the honours years in particular developing the research skills you’ll need if you choose this path.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethnological Fieldwork Methods

  • Traditional Narrative

  • Traditional Song and Music

  • Scotland and Heritage

  • Traditional Drama

  • Custom, Belief and Community

  • The Supernatural World

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB-ABBB by end of S5 or AAAA-AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Home - RUK fees: £9,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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