Master of Cultural Heritage

Postgraduate coursework

If you would like to work in cultural heritage or museums, a postgraduate Master in Cultural Heritage course provides you with a pathway into employment.

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Key facts

Duration

1-2 years full time or part time equivalent depending on your entry point

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Course information

Develop the knowledge, research skills and practical experience to make a difference in the cultural heritage sector. Whether you want to work with collections, manage a museum or heritage site, or protect and interpret significant sites, landscapes or intangible cultural heritage, specific pathways through the Masters mean you can create a program that is right for you.

Through this program, you’ll develop an extensive, cross-disciplinary knowledge of heritage principles and practice across many disciplines.

Whether you’re a mid-career professional consolidating your practical experience, looking for a change in career, or a recent graduate who’d like to work in museums or heritage organisations, Deakin’s Master in Cultural Heritage provides a pathway into employment in this diverse and exciting field.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Master of Cultural Heritage, a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 6 core units
  • 10 credit points of study combining research and elective units

6

Core units

10

Research/Electives

16

Total units

Core units

  • World Heritage and International Heritage Practice AIM708
  • Intangible Heritage AIM709
  • Heritage Interpretation AIM723
  • Understanding Significance AIM734
  • Leadership in Museums and Heritage Organisations AIM735
  • Museums, Heritage and Society AIM736
  • Electives

  • Introduction to Heritage Planning AIM703
  • Heritage, Development and Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region AIM704
  • Conservation Management Planning AIM705
  • Cultural Landscapes AIM714
  • Virtual Heritage AIM715
  • Heritage in the Field AIM717
  • Collections and Curatorship AIM722
  • Exhibitions AIM727
  • Applied Heritage Project AIM733
  • 2 credit points of the electives may be selected from other Deakin postgraduate units with the approval of the course director.

    Research

    The 10 credit points of study combining research and elective units can be attained in one of the following configurations:

    • Option 1: Dissertation
      • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706, plus one of AIX707 or AIX708)
      • 4 credit point independent research project (AIX702, AIX703)
      • 4 credit points of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies electives
    • Option 2: Research Paper
      • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706, plus one of AIX707 or AIX708)
      • 2 credit point independent research project (AIX704 and AIX705)
      • 6 credit points of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies electives
    • Option 3: Research Project
      • 1 credit point research training (AIX706)
      • 8 credit points of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies electives
      • 1 credit point independent research project (AIX701)

    Research units

  • Research Project AIX701
  • Dissertation A AIX702
  • Dissertation B AIX703
  • Research Paper A AIX704
  • Research Paper B AIX705
  • Research Design AIX706
  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • Quantitative Research AIX708
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    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Cultural Heritage
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    A787
    CRICOS code?
    084543G
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $20,600 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    This course provides an integrated approach for those working in government agencies, private corporations, community organisations and in private practice in a range of professions. Typical job titles include: heritage officer, heritage site or museum manager, interpretation officer, registrar, curator, public programs officer, researcher, and project officer.

    The course also offers a PhD pathway for those students without an undergraduate Honours degree.  See option 1 below.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Understand, investigate and critically reflect on the diverse tangible and intangible manifestations of social memory as expressed in places and sites, objects, traditional practices and beliefs on a personal and collective level and evaluate different conceptual and practical approaches to the identification, conservation, interpretation, management and use. 

    Communication

    Effectively communicate the findings and analysis of cultural heritage concepts, theories and applied knowledge, in written, digital and oral formats to specialist and non-specialist audiences 

    Digital literacy

    Use a range of generic and specialist cultural heritage digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, and disseminate technical and non-technical information and research outcomes. 

    Critical thinking

    Critically reflect on, analyse, evaluate and synthesise key concepts in the identification, conservation, interpretation, management and use of cultural heritage.

    Apply expert knowledge of, and, technical and creative skills in cultural heritage to evaluate issues and problems in professional practice and scholarship

    Problem solving

    Apply expert knowledge to critical analyse, and develop innovative and creative solutions to real-world and ill-defined problems or issues in the identification, conservation, interpretation, management and use of cultural heritage.  

    Self-management

    Apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning in the field of Cultural Heritage with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility and personal accountability for actions as a critically self-reflexive practitioner and learner. 

    Teamwork

    Apply the principles of effective team work as a member and/or leader of diverse teams. 

    Global citizenship

    Analyse and address Cultural Heritage issues in the domestic, regional and global context as a critically reflexive scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards. 

    Approved by Faculty Board 2015

     

    Application information

    How to apply

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    Research Information

    Students will undertake research training and complete a research project in one of the three following options:

    • one credit point of research training in research design, and a one credit point research project;
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a two credit point research project; or
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a four credit point research project developed in consultation with a supervisor from the relevant discipline

    Entry pathways

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points) If you have a Graduate Certificate in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (unit) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Graduate Diploma in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)

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    A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background.  A ‘same discipline’ background award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Sociology, Cultural Geography, Cultural studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Architecture, Planning or Landscape Planning.

    Alternative exits

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au  

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