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Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies

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Award granted Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (Online)

Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeA629

Pipelining course version from 2015

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Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies will provide you with the diverse skills and developed knowledge base appropriate to multiskilled work in all kinds of museums.  This course gives you access to more subjects in museum studies than the related Graduate Certificate, and consequently is highly regarded as a professional qualification.  The Museum Studies program will help you to become an independent, innovative and creative thinker; have a commitment to reflective practice in museums; have an understanding of best practice standards in museum work; competently undertake a range of museological techniques; demonstrate ethical leadership in your chosen field of museum activity; and have a commitment to continuous improvement.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies will lead you to entry to the Master of Cultural Heritage.  

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Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies (A529)

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Fees and charges

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  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 3 credit points of core units; and
  • 5 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units below

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Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

AIM721 Museums: Context and Issues  

AIM723 Heritage Interpretation  

Trimester 2

AIM722 Collections and Curatorship  


Elective units

Trimester 1

AIM701 Heritage, Memory and Identity  

AIM703 Introduction to Heritage Planning  

AIM704 Heritage, Development and Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region  

AIM707 Introduction to Traditional Buildings  

AIM709 Intangible Heritage  

AIM714 Cultural Landscapes  

AIM715 Virtual Heritage  


Trimester 2

AIM705 Conservation Management Planning  

AIM708 World Heritage and International Heritage Practice  

AIM727 Exhibitions  


Trimester 3

AIM718 Cultural Heritage and Museums Studies Field School, India  

AIM725 Heritage and Museum Strategy and Marketing  

AIM726 Heritage and Museum Operational Issues  


Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

AIM712 Cultural Heritage Research  

AIM713 Cultural Heritage Research Project  

AIM717 Heritage in the Field  


Students can gain relevant local or international experience through undertaking an approved placement, internship or field school through AIM717 or AIM718.


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