CIfA and UAUK announce University of Aberdeen degree programmes to receive accreditation

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK) have announced details of the twelfth academic programme to be formally accredited as providing skills relevant to a career in the historic environment. The University of Aberdeen joins the universities already offering accredited programmes and a list can be found here.

Further applications are currently being assessed and newly accredited programmes will be announced in due course. The next application deadline is 1 December 2021, see here 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 the first Scottish department receive accreditation, ensuring that students across the country are able to benefit from this scheme”

Chair of University Archaeology UK (UAUK), Chris Gerrard

CIfA Chief Executive Peter Hinton said “We are delighted to be able to recognise the University of Aberdeen’s MA Archaeology and BSc Archaeology degrees as a CIfA/UAUK-accredited 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 Aberdeen’s important contribution to Aim Five (Skills and Innovation) of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.”

“We are so pleased that our archaeology graduates will now be leaving Aberdeen with CIfA/UAUK accredited degrees…We are really looking forward to working with CIfA in the coming years as we prepare our leavers for the world of professional field archaeology.  Aberdeen is the U.K.’s youngest archaeology department at one of its oldest universities, and I am now very pleased to say the first institution in Scotland to offer CIfA/UAUK accredited degrees.”

Dr. Kate Britton, Head of Department