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Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Program Requirements

The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:

Cultural and Environmental Heritage

Museums and Collections

Museum Education and Heritage Interpretation


A minimum of 12 units from completion of research courses from the following list:

HUMN8007 Cultural and environmental heritage research project

HUMN8012 Writing, World Histories and Lives research project

HUMN8013 Writing, World Histories and Lives special topic

HUMN8017 Writing World Histories and Lives: Extended Research Project

HUMN8018 Cultural and Environmental Heritage: Extended Research Project

HUMN8022 Physical Conservation of Historic Heritage Places

HUMN8023 Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

HUMN6001 Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects

HUMN8026 Writing in the Public Sphere

HUMN8027 Critical Issues in Heritage and Museum Studies

MUSC8004 Internship 1

MUSC8005 Internship 2

MUSC8008 Museums, Art and Society in the Asia-Pacific

MUSC8009 Museums and Collections research project

MUSC8011 Museums and Collections: Extended Research Project


A maximum of 36 units from completion of courses on the following list:

ARCH8104 An Introduction to Cultural and Environmental Heritage

ARTH6045 Curatorship Theory and Practice

ARTV8100 Points Of View

ARTV8107 Arguing Objects

HUMN8006 Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places

HUMN8008 World Rock Art: Global Perspectives on Rock Art Research

HUMN8009 Biography and Society

HUMN8010 Material Culture Studies

HUMN8019 World Heritage: conserving cultural heritage values

HUMN8027 Critical Issues in Heritage and Museums Studies

MUSC8006 Indigenous Collections and Exhibitions

MUSC8012 Understanding Learning in Museums and Heritage

MUSC8013 Museum Education and Heritage Interpretation Study Tour

MUSC8016 Museum Learning: The Politics of Dress

MUSC8017 Museums and Collections: Key Concepts and Practices

MUSC8018 Exhibition Design and Delivery


24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines

History, Ancient History, Museum Studies, Politics, Sociology, Archaeology, Social Sciences, Philosophy, English, Gender Studies; Fine Arts; Creative Arts; Anthropology; Classics; English; Environmental Management; Environmental History; Visual Arts.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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.

The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies draws on our strong connections with Canberra’s leading cultural and collecting institutions to prepare you for an innovative career in this field. Our local and national links mean you’ll regularly hear from senior institutional staff in classes, and can learn on the ground through our internship program.

Our academics are international leaders in research in the field, and the masters offers a range of specialisations in either museum or heritage studies. Within the museum specialisation you’ll learn traditional curatorship and collections management, in addition to new areas such as such as social inclusion, citizenship and community engagement, social activism and museums, Indigenous curation and collection, and innovative visitor studies. The cultural and environmental heritage specialisation offers you the opportunity to analytically address and assess national and international policy and practices in the context of a critical framework that explores the political and social phenomenon and impacts of heritage and its management and conservation.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. analyse, research, reflect on and synthesise complex approaches to museums and collecting agencies and their relationships to societies;
  2. evaluate significant debates, problems, controversies, concepts and theories pertinent to museums and collections;
  3. develop critical engagement with, and a working knowledge of, museums and collecting agencies; and
  4. communicate and interpret knowledge and ideas to general and specialists museum audiences.

Further Information

  • Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
  • Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.
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