Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Whether you want to work with objects and collections, manage a museum or heritage place, or protect and interpret significant sites, landscapes or intangible cultural heritage, a postgraduate qualification in cultural heritage and museum studies provides a pathway into employment in the diverse and exciting heritage 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?

Our courses will equip you with the knowledge, conceptual understanding, research and practical skills to make a difference. They are developed and taught by dedicated staff who have both high level professional experience and are internationally recognised in their research areas. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in the profession, working as practitioners in museums, galleries, heritage institutions, government and community organisations and in private practice. The international content of our course enables our graduates to work throughout Australia and overseas.

We offer a Graduate certificate and Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies and a Master of Cultural Heritage. The Master of Cultural Heritage includes opportunities to focus on museums, objects and collections, or place heritage and also includes a PhD pathway with as emphasis on high level research skills.

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.

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Emma Cox
Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies
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Shane during Internship

Shane Talia
Master of Cultural Heritage
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Culturalheritage@deakin blog brings together the latest news on teaching and research related to cultural heritage and museum studies at Deakin University.

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

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