Boost your credentials and your career with a Master of Archaeological Science at the ANU.
This unique degree offers you access to over 40 top-ranked international archaeologists. Join them in the field or in our world-class laboratories to hone your technical expertise and experience.
Students can tailor the program to their own training objectives, through hands-on experience with a wide-range of supervising specialists, materials and laboratory resources.
Two specialisations are available to match your interests:
- Forensic archaeology and palaeopathology
- Quaternary studies and palaeoenvironments
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 OpportunitiesThe Master of Archaeological Science can lead to a PhD, or advance your career in cultural and environmental resource management, heritage management, forensic science and materials science.
Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- understand the theories, methods and practice of archaeological science;
- understand how scientific techniques can be applied to archaeological problems;
- be familiar with the major sub-disciplines of archaeological science;
- be able to apply archaeological scientific techniques in the field, laboratory and written form;
- be trained and have experience in undertaking a research project in at least one branch of archaeological science;
- complete a major piece of research in the field of Archaeological Science (including research design, undertake research, data analysis and interpretation, and write-up/publication)
By transfer from the Master of Archaeological Science with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0, and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.
If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.
Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.
Archaeology, Biology, Botany, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Material Sciences, Museum and Heritage Studies, Zoology.
English Language Requirements
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
Assessment of Qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
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 Archaeological Science (Advanced) requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:
ARCH8030 Archaeological Science Research Project 1
ARCH8032 Introduction to Archaeological Science
ARCH8040 Microanalysis in Archaeological Science
24 units from completion of introductory courses from the following list:
ARCH6004 Australian Archaeology
ARCH6005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders
ARCH6006 The History of Archaeology: Discovering the Past
ARCH6022 Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change
ARCH6037 Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: Arthur and the Anglo Saxons
ARCH6041 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
ARCH6050 The Archaeology of South East Asia
ARCH6056 Britons and Romans: The Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire
ARCH6108 Animals, Plants & People
ARCH6500 Research Design and Analysis in Archaeology
ARCH6521 Archaeology of Death and Mortuary Practices
BIAN6013 Human Evolution
BIAN6510 Scientific Dating in Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Studies
BIAN6512 Ancient Health & Disease
BIAN6515 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
BIAN6517 Human Skeletal Analysis
BIAN6518 Analysis of Mammalian Remains
EMSC6014 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
EMSC6027 Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change
EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: an introduction to Earth system science
ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction
A maximum of 24 units from any courses listed in any of the following specialisations
Quaternary Studies and Palaeoenvironments
A maximum of 24 units from completion of Archaeological Science courses from the following list:
ARCH8002 Advanced Field Training in Archaeological Science
ARCH8029 Supervised Project in Archaeological Science
ARCH8031 Archaeological Science Research Project 2
ARCH8033 Archaeology, Climate Change and Society
ARCH8034 Managing, Mapping and Detecting Archaeological Sites
ARCH8036 Internship in Archaeological Science
ARCH8037 Master Class in Archaeological Science
ARCH8038 Graduate Reading Course in Archaeological Science
ARCH8102 Designing Research in Archaeology
ARCH8103 Frameworks for Archaeological Science
ARCH8104 An Introduction to Cultural and Environmental Heritage
ASIA8046 Maps and Mapping for the Social Sciences and Humanities
ASIA6151 Archaeology in Asia
ASIA6203 Archaeology of China
BIAN8009 Stable Isotopes in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
BIAN8010 Ancient Behaviour: Advanced Topics in Bioarchaeology
ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis
ENVS6312 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate
HUMN8008 World Rock Art: Global Perspectives on Rock Art Research
HUMN8006 Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places
HUMN8010 Material Culture Studies
HUMN8019 World Heritage: conserving cultural heritage values
HUMN8022 Physical Conservation of Historic Heritage Places
|Year 1 48 units||Introductory Course 6 units||Introductory Course 6 units||Introductory Course 6 units||Introductory Course 6 units|
|ARCH8030 Archaeological Science Research Project 1 6 units||Specialisation Course 6 units||Specialisation Course 6 units||Specialisation Course 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||ARCH8032 Introduction to Archaeological Science 12 units||-||ARCH8040 Microanalysis in Archaeological Science 6 units||Specialisation Course 6 units|
|-||THES8102 Thesis 6 to 24 units||-||-|