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Bachelor of Archaeological Practice

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

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  • 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.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 5 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice program consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or elective minor.

You will need to complete:

  • Two compulsory courses (12 units)
  • 36 units of courses to be made up from courses specified in the three electives lists
  • Two minors from the list of minors (48 units)
  • Eight electives (48 units) from across the ANU
  • You can only count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for your degree. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and plan your next three years.

Double degree

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice Double degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor Archaeological Practice degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or elective minor.

You will need to complete:

  • Two compulsory courses (12 units)
  • 36 units of courses to be made up from courses specified in the three electives lists
  • Two minors from the list of minors (48 units)
  • You can only count six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for your degree. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and plan your next three years.

Enrolment Status

If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

While it's possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree.

You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.

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

You are recommended to take your 1000-level courses in your first year. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234. You may take 1000-level courses later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your double degree.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • Courses for both First Semester and Second Semester (8 courses for full time)
  • Following compulsory courses:
    • ARCH1111 – Archaeology: Finding treasure and history (First Semester)
    • ARCH1112 – From Origins to Civilizations (Second Semester)
  • Electives from courses specified in the electives lists
  • We recommend the remaining courses to make up your eight be 1000-level (don’t forget to look for 1000-level courses in your minors)

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

See available minors for this program.

You are not required to take a major in the Bachelor of Archaeological Practice degree, however you can use your electives to make up a major or extra minors.

Electives

For your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU), these can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College. You may wish to seek advice from the relevant college that offers the course. Courses coded in the 1000 range are first year courses and most first year courses do not have any prerequisites – details of any prerequisites will be listed in the relevant course entry. If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details.

Study Options

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice - Single Degree

A typical study plan for the first year as follows:

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARCH1111 Archaeology Uncovered 6 units Archaeology Elective 2000-level cours 6 units Elective 6 units Elective 6 units
ARCH1112 From Origins to Civilizations 6 units Archaeology Elective 2000-level cours 6 units Archaeology Elective 2000-level cours 6 units Elective 6 units

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice - Double Degree

A typical study plan for the first year as follows:

Study Options

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