Master of Cultural Heritage

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Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Cultural Heritage
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$24,800 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code084543G
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent

Deakin course code A787
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
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Course sub-headings

Course overview

Whether you are a mid-career professional consolidating your practical experience, looking for a change in career, or a recent graduate who would like to work in cultural heritage or museums, a Master in Cultural Heritage provides a pathway into employment in this diverse and exciting sector.

The Master in Cultural Heritage allows you to develop the knowledge, conceptual understanding, 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 develop an extensive, cross-disciplinary knowledge of heritage principles and practice across a range of disciplines, as well as an awareness of community sensitivities.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

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 My Course My Career

Course rules

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

  • 6 core units
  • 10 credit points of study combining research and elective units in one of the following configurations:
  • Option 1: Research Project
    • 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)

Course structure

Core units

AIM708World Heritage and International Heritage Practice

AIM709Intangible Heritage

AIM723Heritage Interpretation

AIM734Understanding Significance

AIM735Leadership in Museums and Heritage Organisations

AIM736Museums, Heritage and Society


AIM703Introduction to Heritage Planning

AIM704Heritage, Development and Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region

AIM705Conservation Management Planning

AIM714Cultural Landscapes

AIM715Virtual Heritage

AIM717Heritage in the Field

AIM722Collections and Curatorship


AIM733Applied Heritage Project

2 credit points of the electives may be selected from other Deakin postgraduate units with the approval of the course director.

Research units

AIX701Research Project

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

AIX706Research Design

AIX707Qualitative Research

AIX708Quantitative Research


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Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

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.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Cultural Heritage (A585)
Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies (A529)
Graduate Diploma of Cultural Heritage (A685)
Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies (A629)