Short Courses


Our range of Archaeology courses offer fascinating explorations of humanity’s past. Covering many ages and continents, our courses are taught by professional archaeologists and include practical experiences and field visits.

Courses marked as (credit) are open to everyone. As a credit student, you will matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. For more information, please visit the Studying for Credit pages.

Studying for Credit


Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!


Term 1 Courses (from September 2019)


Bronze Age Civilisations of the Eastern Mediterranean
Archaeological Biographies


An Introduction to Archaeology (Credit)  

Ancient Egypt and the Bible


Archaeology: Accessing Past Lives *NEW*

Term 2 Courses (from January 2020)


The Vikings

'Early Humans': Evolution and Archaeological Study of Hominids


Archaeology of Ritual

Aspects Of Ancient Near Eastern Demonology

Introduction to Archaeology: Digging Deeper
Archaeology of the Near East (Credit)


Archaeology of Scotland: Stone and Bronze, the Early Prehistory

Term 3 Courses (from April 2020)


Celts, Picts and Vikings


Ancient Monsters *NEW*


Archaeology of Scotland: Iron Age, the Romans and Early Prehistoric Period


Important Information

For enquiries about the content of the courses in this subject area, please contact the Course Organiser - Rachael King -

For all general enquiries, please contact us on 0131 650 4400 or