• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Philip Piper
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Autumn Session 2016
    Winter Session 2016
    Second Semester 2016
    Spring Session 2016
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 Research-led teaching lies at the heart of the framework for the Master of Archaeological Science.  This compulsory unit represents 25% of the credits in the 48 unit Masters program - which is a significant opportunity for individual selection of a topic for in-depth research investigation. The course involves the individual student in a significant tailored research project, within the broad area of archaeological science,  completed under the direct supervision of an expert in the field.

This 12 unit project can be designed to further develop training started in the 6 unit courses ARCH8030 and 8031.  This progressive build option is often selected by candidates using the masters program to train up ahead of a PhD.

Alternatively the project may use materials, data and/or fieldwork which are quite new - working alongside an ANU research team in the field, or in the laboratory, or around a period of an internship. Candidates may seek to develop a project based on materials and data they bring to the Master of Archaeological Science program. For example a research project may be designed around materials previously excavated professionally, or collected as reference material, or by researching background material for a publication. 

In all cases the result will be a research report or portfolio of materials of potentially publishable quality, or of a quality for submission as a poster or for wider public dissemination. The topic will be negotiated between the student and the supervisor, and/or moderated and supervised, if appropriate, by the course coordinator.



Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have:


  • The skills required to design and build a modest research project to a high professional standard of execution and to a standard where the completed results of the project might be considered for academic or professional publication.
  • Demonstrated high standards in the core skills of project design, research planning and independent research on a supervised topic.
  • Will have achieved a standard of competency commensurate with moving to independent professional writing and/or supervised academic research in the topic area of their own choosing.

Indicative Assessment

c.10,000 word report on the chosen project and its results (100%)

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Individually supervised research over 12 weeks


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2946 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5434 01 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 30 Jun 2016 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6845 01 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 30 Sep 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7804 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9433 01 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 31 Dec 2016 In Person N/A

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