Cultural heritage and museum studies

DISCIPLINE

Overview

Cultural heritage and museum studies is the study of the identification, collection, interpretation, management and politics of the past in the present. This includes objects and collections in museums, significant places such as monuments, historic houses, cultural landscapes, cultural routes, underwater cultural heritage and intangible cultural heritage.

Our graduates go on to do amazing things – curators, collections managers, museum directors, cultural heritage management planning. It's incredibly varied.

Steven Cooke

Senior Lecturer and Course Director for the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Programs

Learn from the best in the field

Deakin Professor Andrea Witcomb is an internationally renowned leader in understanding the role of objects and exhibitions in contributing to positive change within society. Kristal Buckley AM is former international Vice-President of Australia ICOMOS, with significant industry experience and a global reputation.

Earn two master's degrees at once

Deakin and the Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany have partnered to offer an exciting dual degree. Enrol in the Master of Cultural Heritage for an opportunity to study overseas while gaining two qualifications simultaneously.Learn more about the dual award program

Cultural heritage and museum studies courses

Study with Deakin and we'll help you transform your passion into a successful and rewarding career

Filter by

Research with us

Whether you want to work with objects and collections, manage a museum or heritage place, or protect and interpret significant sites, landscapes or intangible cultural heritage, a postgraduate qualification in cultural heritage and museum studies provides a pathway into employment in the diverse and exciting heritage sector.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

Karen Schamberger: Identity, belonging and cultural diversity in Australian museums

Karen's research aims to understand the ways in which objects have mediated relations between people of different cultural backgrounds in Australian society through their entanglement in museum collecting and display practices.

Laura Kraak: Human rights-based approaches to world heritage conservation in Bagan, Myanmar

There is an increasing concern with the ethics of cultural heritage practice at a time when globally human rights language is growing in its popularity. Laura's thesis research is about the intersections of current international debates about heritage conservation and human rights.

Our community

Practical experience is a key theme of this program and you’ll have the chance to incorporate internships and international field schools within your course, and to participate in visits to museums, galleries and heritage places as part of the on-campus programs.

Follow updates from the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies team

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in the following roles and fields:

  • collections manager
  • curator
  • government agencies, private corporations and community organisations
  • heritage officer
  • manager of a historic house
  • museum director
  • practitioners in museums and heritage institutions
  • private practice
  • public programs officer
  • registrar
  • researcher.

What do our students and staff say?

Cultural heritage and museum studies at Deakin

Whether you want to work with objects and collections, manage a museum or heritage place, or protect and interpret significant sites, landscapes or intangible cultural heritage, a postgraduate qualification in cultural heritage and museum studies provides a pathway to employment in the exciting heritage sector.

Browse other disciplines within humanities and social sciences

Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.

Still haven't found what you are looking for?