single degree

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BARCHPRA
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

Archaeology unlocks the mysteries of humanity’s past. Archaeologists discover and excavate archaeological sites and interpret the material recovered from them.

Our well-regarded degree is specifically designed to prepare you for a successful career in archaeology, either as a researcher or heritage consultant.

You will be trained in methods of archaeological investigation and develop both skills, experience and knowledge of fieldwork, museums and heritage and community engagement. Unique to Australia, this degree takes a global outlook on the practice of archaeology and the production of knowledge about past societies.

Throughout the ANU Bachelor of Archaeological Practice you will have exciting opportunities to participate in local or international fieldwork experiences.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

The technical and analytical skills learned through this program provide highly practical knowledge, skills and training in the methods of archaeological investigation. Graduates may find work in Commonwealth heritage agencies, national parks, mining companies, as independent consultants, advisors to Aboriginal Land councils and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Archaeological Practice, graduates will be able to:

  1. Undertake archaeological fieldwork using different techniques and approaches to locate, map, record, collect and excavate archaeological materials by determining the conditions in which those techniques and approaches are optimal.
  2. Critically analyse archaeological materials. This includes the examination of human remains, artefacts, archaeo-fauna and archaeo-flora, archaeological sediments and other materials.
  3. Apply interpretative approaches and skills including archaeological theory and quantitative analysis.
  4. Design research frameworks and practise their application.
  5. Reconstruct archaeological sequences and culture histories, and environmental archaeology.
  6. Identify aspects of archaeological interpretations of human evolution and culture change.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

ATAR:80; QLD Band:10; International Baccalaureate:29

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Bonus Points

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

 

The Bachelor of Archaeological Practice requires completion of 144 units, of which:

 

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

 

The 144 units must include:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ARCH1111 Archaeology Uncovered

ARCH1112 From Origins to Civilizations

 

A maximum of 30 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology

ARCH2041 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology

ARCH2052 Archaeology in Film and Fiction

ARCH2060 International Archaeological Field School Extension

ARCH2061 Archaeological Field Methods

BIAN2015 Human Skeletal Analysis

HUMN2000 Introduction to Heritage and Museum Studies

HUMN2051 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management

 

A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ARCH2055 Archaeological Fieldschool

ARCH2059 International Archaeological Field School

 

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

ARCH3000 Research Design and Analysis in Archaeology

ARCH3023 Thinking through the past: archaeological theory from 1950

ARCH3025 World Rock Art

ARCH3026 History of Archaeology: Discovering the Past

ARCH3028 Archaeology of Death and Mortuary Practices

ARCH3029 Making-Taking-Using-Breaking: Material Culture Studies and Technology in Archaeology

ARCH3108 Animals, Plants and People

BIAN3010 Scientific Dating in Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Studies

 

48 units from completion of two of the following minors:

Advanced Forensic and Evolutionary Archaeology Minor

Advanced Global Archaeology Minor

Advanced Environmental Archaeology Minor

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Honours

For information about honours, please Bachelor of Archaeological Practice (Honours)

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARCH1111 Archaeology Uncovered 6 units Archaeology Elective 2000 level Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
ARCH1112 From Origins to Civilizations 6 units Archaeology Elective 2000 level Course 6 units Archaeology Elective 2000 level Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Archaeology Fieldwork Elective 2000-level Course 6 units Advanced Minor 1 2000-level Course 6 units Advanced Minor 2 2000-level Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Archaeology Elective 3000 level Course 6 units Advanced Minor 1 2000-level Course 6 units Advanced Minor 1 3000-level Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Archaeology Elective 3000 level Course 6 units Advanced Minor 2 2000-level Course 6 units Advanced Minor 2 3000-level Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Advanced Minor 1 3000-level Course 6 units Advanced Minor 2 3000-level Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full time (144 units) - four courses per semester (24 units)
A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
An Archaeological Practice major (48 units)
Two of the following specialisations (24 units each):
•    Environmental Archaeology
•    Forensic and Evolutionary Archaeology
•    Regional Archaeology
Eight Electives
(48 units) from across the ANU

Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
An Archaeological Practice major (48 units)
Two of the following specialisations (24 units each):
•    Environmental Archaeology
•    Forensic and Evolutionary Archaeology
•    Regional Archaeology

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Archaeological Practice program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take the Archaeological Practice major (8 courses) and two specialisations (from the designated list) (8 courses). You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Archaeological Practice degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Bachelor of Archaeological Practice degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take the Archaeological Practice major (8 courses) and two specialisations (from the designated list) (8 courses).

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
•    A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor/specialisation.
•    You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
•    You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
-You need to enrol in courses for the Archaeological Practice major
-You need to enrol in courses for at least two of the Specialisations from the designated list
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Archaeological Practice half of the double degree



Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

 When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You need to enrol in the following 1000-level courses from your major:
•    ARCH1111 – Archaeology: Finding treasure and history in First Semester
•    ARCH1112 – From Origins to Civilizations in Second Semester


Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in courses for one major and two specialisations (from the designated list), you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for the major you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.

Study Options

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Archaeological Practice with an Archaeological Practice Major and two Specialisations.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARCH1111 Archaeology Uncovered 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 1000 level Course 6 units
ARCH1112 From Origins to Civilizations 6 units Elective Course 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 1000 level Course 6 units

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARCH1111 Archaeology Uncovered 6 units Specialisation 2000 level course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
ARCH1112 From Origins to Civilizations 6 units Specialisation 2000 level course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
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