Archaeology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Advanced Heritage Project ARCH4060

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of professional heritage practice, gain first-hand experience of working within the heritage sector and acquire subject-specific and transferable skills. Each student will be placed with a non-academic heritage organisation for training and will undertake a supervised project which contributes to the work of the placement provider.


1x1hr seminar and 2x1hr workshop sessions, as scheduled on MyCampus; 3x1hr individual sessions with supervisor as arranged; 14hrs of placement sessions as arranged. This is one of the Honours options in Archaeology and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Written project design (2,500 words) - 30%.

Project report (3,500 words) - 50%.

Report from the placement provider (20%). 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ gain first-hand experience of professional practice in public, private and third sector archaeology and heritage organisations;

■ develop a critical understanding of the purpose, character and context of professional archaeological and heritage practice;

■ develop transferable skills in the design, planning and delivery of projects;

■ develop the ability to work independently and in a professional manner;

■ enhance employability through developing knowledge, understanding and skills which are relevant to the heritage sector and transferable to other contexts. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ express a developed and critical understanding of the purpose, character and context of a particular area of professional archaeological and heritage practice

■ design, plan and justify a project coherently, rigorously and within the parameters set by its institutional and professional context

■ execute and report upon a project, effectively and in a manner appropriate to the particular professional context in which it is undertaken

■ operate independently within the limits of a particular professional and project context

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.