Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate community

With students from many different parts of the world, our postgraduate community is international in outlook, making the School a vibrant environment for you to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals.

Archaeology postgraduate students play an active role in our research culture, and are valued members of the department, often collaborating on exciting new research projects with staff and peers.

Our students also interact and share interests with students in related subject areas, such as Classics, History, Social Anthropology and Geography, by attending inter-disciplinary talks and events. Beyond the University, the city of Edinburgh is home to a large and active community of professional and amateur archaeologists. Notable events and meetings are hosted regularly by Edinburgh’s museums and institutions such as Historic Environment Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Seminars and research groups

The Archaeology seminars and lectures provide an opportunity for discussion of current research developments on a range of archaeological themes.

In addition the School has a diverse range of regular seminar series and many standalone events.


Postgraduate students are actively involved in our research groups. Some sit within the discipline of Archaeology, others bring together researchers across the School and University.

Current research groups include:


ArchSoc is the Edinburgh University Archaeology Society, run by students, for anyone who is interested in archaeology. They hold a variety of events throughout the year, from weekly pub nights to visits to local archaeological sites, as well as a regular lecture series, featuring guest speakers from throughout the UK and further afield.

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland holds regular lectures, including the annual Rhind Lectures, a detailed examination of an archaeological topic extending over one weekend.

Other societies which may be of interest include:

What our students think

We interviewed a recent MSc in Archaeology student, Nikki about the programme and her time with us.