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Master of Cultural Heritage (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Cultural Heritage (Honours)
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359


Course Director

Steven Cooke, +61 3 924 46827, steven.cooke@deakin.edu.au


Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

CRICOS course code061916F
Deakin course code A786

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Cultural Heritage (Honours) coursework degree extends the Master of Cultural Heritage course by adding a further 4 credit points involving research training, and a minor thesis.


It thus provides an avenue for those students wishing to continue on to PhD candidature.

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Course rules

Note:  Students who commenced prior to 2013 to refer to 2012 Handbook A786 course entry for Course Completion Rules.


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

  • 4 credit points of core coursework units, and
  • 1 credit point of research training (AIM712), and
  • 7 credit points of electives from the selected list of units, and
  • 4 credit points of minor thesis (15,000 words), (AIM731, AIM732).

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Course structure

Note:  Students who commenced prior to 2013 to refer to 2012 Handbook A786 course entry for Course Structure.


Core units

Trimester 1

AIM723 Heritage Interpretation  


Trimester 2

AIM705 Conservation Management Planning  


and two units chosen from:

AIM701 Heritage, Memory and Identity  

AIM708 World Heritage and International Heritage Practice  

AIM721 Museums: Context and Issues  

AIM722 Collections and Curatorship  


and one research training unit:

Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

AIM712 Cultural Heritage Research  


Elective units

and seven units chosen from:

Trimester 1

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

AIM727 Exhibitions  


Trimester 3

AIM725 Heritage and Museum Strategy and Marketing  

AIM726 Heritage and Museum Operational Issues  


Note: You may gain relevant local or international experience through undertaking an approved placement, internship or field school through AIM717.

Minor Thesis units

and two minor thesis units (4 credit points):

AIM731 Minor Thesis A  (2 credit points)

AIM732 Minor Thesis B  (2 credit points)


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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)
Master of Cultural Heritage (A785)

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