Master of Cultural Heritage

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Cultural Heritage
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$25,792 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code084543G
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
English language requirements

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
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course Learning Outcomes

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. 


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.  


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. 


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


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: 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)

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

Research units

AIX701Research Project

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

AIX706Research Design

AIX707Qualitative Research

AIX708Quantitative Research

Course Map

Course map 

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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

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)