Master of Cultural Heritage

Postgraduate coursework

Deakin's Master of Cultural Heritage will broaden your ability to work across the sector, including heritage collections, museums, sites and landscapes.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent

Duration

Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, the Master of Cultural Heritage is typically 1, 1.5 or 2 years duration.

  • 1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
  • 1.5  years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
  • 2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

Deakin courses can also be studied part time over a longer period

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 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.

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Course structure

The Master of Cultural Heritage is typically 8, 12 or 16 credit points.

The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money

To qualify for the Master of Cultural Heritage, students must successfully complete the following:

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 6 core units
  • 10 credit points of study combining research and course elective units

6

Core units

10

Research/Electives

16

Total units

Core units

  • World Heritage and International Heritage Practice AIM708
  • Intangible Heritage AIM709
  • Heritage Interpretation AIM723
  • Understanding Significance AIM734
  • Leadership in Museums and Heritage Organisations AIM735
  • Museums, Heritage and Society AIM736
  • Course Electives List A

  • Introduction to Heritage Planning AIM703
  • Heritage, Development and Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region AIM704
  • Conservation Management Planning AIM705
  • Cultural Landscapes AIM714
  • Virtual Heritage AIM715
  • Heritage in the Field AIM717
  • Collections and Curatorship AIM722
  • Exhibitions AIM727
  • Applied Heritage Project AIM733
  • 2 credit points of the electives may be selected from other Deakin postgraduate units with the approval of the course director.

    Research

    The 10 credit points of study combining research and course elective units can be attained 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 course electives from List A
    • Option 2: Research Paper
      • 1 credit point of research training (AIX706)
      • 2 credit point independent research project (AIX704 and AIX705)
      • 7 credit points of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies course electives from List A
    • Option 3: Research Project
      • 1 credit point of research training (AIX706)
      • 8 credit points of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies course electives from List A
      • 1 credit point independent research project (AIX701)

    Research units

  • Research Project AIX701
  • Dissertation A AIX702
  • Dissertation B AIX703
  • Research Paper A AIX704
  • Research Paper B AIX705
  • Research Design AIX706
  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Cultural Heritage
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    A787
    CRICOS code?
    084543G
    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:

    1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points

    Admission is based on:

    • 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.

    1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline or
    • Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline
    • 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 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 Recognition of 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.

    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 direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 3 (November), 2019:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  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.

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 1 (March), 2020:

    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.


    Research Information

    Students will undertake research training and complete a research project in one of the three following options:

    • one credit point of research training in research design, and a one credit point research project;
    • one credit point of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a two credit point research project; or
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a four credit point research project developed in consultation with a supervisor from the relevant discipline

    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

    Find out more about our key dates

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    Find out more about RPL

    Where can I study with Deakin?

    Find out more about campus locations

    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 without an undergraduate Honours degree.  See option 1 below.

    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

    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. 

    Communication

    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.  

    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 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 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

     

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