Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

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 postgraduate qualification in cultural heritage and museum studies provides a pathway into employment in this diverse and exciting sector.

Deakin University, in partnership with Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany, announces a new Dual Award Program in Cultural Heritage and World Heritage Studies.
Find out how you can be a part of this exciting initiative!

What can I study?

Museum Studies

The Museum Studies program provides graduates with a basic range of skills and knowledge appropriate to museum work. The program aims to produce graduates who are independent, innovative and creative thinkers; have a commitment to reflective practice in museums; have an understanding of best practice standards in museum work; can competently undertake a range of museological techniques; can demonstrate ethical leadership in their chosen field of museum activity; and have a commitment to continuous improvement.

Cultural Heritage

The Cultural Heritage coursework degree will enable you to demonstrate, in your professional life, high level skills across a broad range of heritage practices. The course will help you to develop an extensive, cross-disciplinary knowledge of heritage principles and practice and an awareness of community sensitivities.

Postgraduate degrees
Graduate Certificate of Museum StudiesCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of Museum StudiesCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Cultural HeritageCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Doctor of PhilosophyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Master of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin?


We offer a variety of programs in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, from Graduate Certificates, through to Masters. These courses are flexible and offered in a variety of modes including full time or part time, on or off campus, and with three intakes per year.

Practical experience

Practical experience is a key theme of the program and you will have the opportunity 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.


Our specialist teaching staff reflect the interdisciplinary nature of heritage practice, and each member has significant industry experience.

Over the past 30 years, the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Deakin University has developed an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.


We encourage students to develop their professional skills and networks during their studies, and have a dedicated online 'Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies Hub' to share news and opportunities.

Photo of Emma

Emma Cox
Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies
Read Emma's story

Shane during Internship

Shane Talia
Master of Cultural Heritage
Read Shane's story

Career opportunities for graduates

  • Practitioners in museums
  • Heritage institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Private corporations
  • Community organisations
  • Private practice
  • Curator
  • Heritage officer
  • Collections manager
  • Registrar
  • Public programs officer
  • Researcher

Page custodian: Faculty of Arts & Education
Last updated: