CIfA and UAUK accredit a pathway degree at the University of Edinburgh


The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK) have announced the accreditation of another pathway through academic programmes which has been formally accredited as providing skills relevant to a career in the historic environment. The University of Edinburgh joins the universities already offering accredited programmes.  A full list of the accredited programmes can be found at

Further applications are currently being assessed and newly accredited programmes will be announced in due course.  The next application deadline is 1 December 2022, see for details.

Students in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland now have the opportunity to choose a degree programme that will support them to develop a career in the historic environment.

The accreditation was developed to provide a career route for the historic environment as well as fostering strong relations between industry and academia.

“Accreditation is an exciting new initiative for students taking archaeology courses at universities and for the profession more widely. It recognises the value of real knowledge of working practices across the sector by students across the UK.  It is excellent to see a second Scottish department receive accreditation, ensuring that students across the country are able to benefit from this scheme”

Vicki Cummings and Andrew Gardner, Joint chairs of University Archaeology UK (UAUK)

CIfA Chief Executive Peter Hinton said “We are delighted to be able to accredit Edinburgh’s defined CIfA/UAUK-accredited pathway through the core modules of their archaeology undergraduate degree programmes. Accreditation of degree programmes by CIfA and UAUK provides an invaluable way for students to identify those courses which should provide them with the skills that the profession and employers value, and this accreditation highlights the University of Edinburgh’s important contribution to the skills elements of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy”

“We are delighted to have our archaeology programmes accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and UAUK. Not only does this recognise the breadth of teaching at Edinburgh but also it solidifies our commitment to supporting students who want to develop a career in the archaeology and the historic environment sectors.”

Dr Jon Henderson, Head of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.