Master of Cultural Heritage

Course summary for international students

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)

Indicative annual fee 2015$24,070* 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
Online enquiry

New course version commencing 2015.

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

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.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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.

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: PhD Pathway
    • 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


Trimester 1

AIM709Intangible Heritage

AIM734Understanding Significance

AIM736Museums, Heritage and Society

Trimester 2

AIM708World Heritage and International Heritage Practice

AIM723Heritage Interpretation

AIM735Leadership in Museums and Heritage Organisations

Electives


Trimester 1

AIM703Introduction to Heritage Planning

AIM714Cultural Landscapes

AIM715Virtual Heritage

Trimester 2

AIM704Heritage, Development and Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region

AIM705Conservation Management Planning

AIM722Collections and Curatorship

AIM727Exhibitions

Trimester 3

AIM733Applied Heritage Project

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

AIM717Heritage in the Field

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

Research units


Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

AIX706Research Design

AIX707Qualitative Research

AIX708Quantitative Research

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

AIX701Research Project

Entry requirements - specific

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

Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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 deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

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)
 

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