Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Postgraduate coursework

You will develop the knowledge, research skills and practical experience to make a difference in the cultural heritage sector with the Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies.

Key facts

Duration

1 year full time or 2 years part time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Develop the knowledge, research skills and practical experience to make a difference in the cultural heritage and museum sector. Whether you want to work with collections, manage a museum or heritage site, safeguard Indigenous cultural heritage, support the conservation of intangible cultural heritage, or protect and interpret significant buildings, sites and landscapes, specific pathways through the Masters mean you can create a program that is right for you.

If you’re a recent graduate who’d like to work in museums or heritage organisations, a mid-career professional consolidating your practical experience, or looking for a change in career, Deakin’s Master in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies provides employment pathways within this diverse and exciting field.

Choose the pathway that’s right for you

Cultural Heritage and Museums Studies is a broad and varied discipline which leads to employment in a range of professions. Generally these fall into two categories which relate to the places we do our work. While the conceptual and practical approaches have much in common, some students find they are drawn to working in museums and galleries, while others prefer to work with heritage places and institutions. The Master in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies allows you to take units which reflect your varied interests across the sector, but also allows you to focus your studies along a particular pathway and be awarded a named specialisation depending on where you would like to apply your knowledge. A specialisation is not compulsory but can signal to potential employers the type of career you want. Each specialisation includes common set of core units, a research project and the option to undertake a work placement.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points as follows:

  • 3 credit points of compulsory core units
  • Up to 4 credit points of course electives*
  • A one or two credit point research capstone
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

*course electives may be used to form a specialisation in either Collections and Curatorship or Heritage Practice

3

Core units

5

Research/Electives

8

Total units

Core units

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit point)
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Sustainability and Human Rights in Heritage and Museums
  • Research Design
  • Course Electives*

  • Heritage Practice: Conservation and Managing Change
  • Heritage Practice: Fundamentals
  • World Heritage
  • Digital Interpretation
  • Cultural Heritage and Museum Practice
  • Managing Collections
  • Developing Exhibitions
  • Applied Heritage Project
  • Museums, Heritage and Society
  • Internship
  • * choice of elective units may be used to form a specialisation

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

    Research Capstone

    Option 1

  • Research Paper
  • Option 2

  • Minor Thesis A
  • And

  • Minor Thesis B (totalling 2 credit points)
  • Specialisations

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    A768
    CRICOS code?
    102879G
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications. Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, your course may be:

    • Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline or
    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience or
    • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    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.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The Estimated tuition fee is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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 who undertake research option 2.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Research 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 its identification, collection, conservation, interpretation, display, management and use.

    Communication

    Effectively communicate the findings and analysis of cultural heritage and museum studies 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 and museum studies digital technologies and information sources to research, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, and disseminate technical and non-technical information and research outcomes.

    Critical thinking

    Critically reflect on, research, analyse, evaluate and synthesise key concepts in the identification, collection, conservation, display, 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 critically analyse, and develop innovative and creative solutions to real-world and ill-defined problems or issues in the identification, collection, conservation, display, interpretation, management and use of cultural heritage.

    Self-management

    Apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning in the field of cultural heritage and museum studies with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility and personal accountability for actions as a critically self-reflexive practitioner and learner.

    Teamwork

    Apply the principles of effective team work as a reflective team member and/or leader of diverse cultural heritage and museum teams in order to support the team in achieving designated goals.

    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 2020