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Savannah Tudlong talks about her experience of studying at Edinburgh and why she chose to study archaeology with us.

Savannah Tudlong

Savannah Tudlong

Savannah Tudlong is a 4th year student in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, studying MA (Hons) Archaeology and Social Anthropology.

"I was drawn to Edinburgh because it is one of the top universities in the world. The city itself was a major factor in choosing the university. Not only does Edinburgh materialise history in a way that few other cities can - through its distinctive architecture, museums, galleries, and cuisine - but the city is also a major cultural centre with the possibility of meeting people from all over the world and experiencing new things every day."

My student experience

“I love the freedom that studying here allows; in between lectures and tutorials, I can visit museums and galleries, study in cafés that once hosted famous authors like J.K. Rowling, attend university-sponsored lectures and events, get fit at the Pleasance Gym, and try new things.

“Organising your day is up to you, and that, I think, is the key to success at university and enjoying Edinburgh.”

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My programme

“The archaeology programme at Edinburgh allows for incredible diversity in specialisations and study. In my case, I have combined within one programme ethnographic studies of contemporary societies with archaeological theory and its inclusive perspectives on human history, but there are also many other options that encourage you to explore your interests.

“I think essay writing is one of the more challenging aspects of my programme, because of the amount of independent research required to do well. However, I also find it's one of the more rewarding aspects of the programme, because it gives you the opportunity to delve into the theoretical, controversial, and often surprising aspects of a subject that you might otherwise never have considered.”

I love the freedom that studying here allows; in between lectures and tutorials, I can visit museums and galleries, study in cafés that once hosted famous authors like J.K. Rowling, attend university-sponsored lectures and events, get fit at the Pleasance Gym, and try new things.

Savannah Tudlong3rd Year, Archaeology and Social Anthropology (MA)

My future

“The programme’s emphasis on excursions and fieldwork in combination with lecture and tutorial material, is one of the best ways to prepare for a future career in the social sciences.

“The opportunity to study abroad in third year to gain a richer understanding of archaeology and anthropology in other countries, as well as the option courses available in Years 1-2, gives you space to develop a broader perspective and skillset.

“There are a number of university-led archaeological field schools to join and support your CV, and you can conduct your own ethnographic fieldwork in anthropology, should you wish to, for your dissertation."

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