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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:

HUMN6001 Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects    
HUMN8001 Interdisciplinary Humanities Research: Methods, Theories and Skills
HUMN8007 Cultural and Environmental Heritage Research Project
HUMN8012 Writing, World Histories and Lives: Research Project
HUMN8013 Writing, World Histories and Lives: Special topics
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 LawHUMN8026 Writing in the Public Sphere
HUMN8027 Critical issues in Heritage and Museum Studies
HUMN8034 Collaborative Storytelling and Cultural Production
HUMN8035 Critical Issues in Intangible Heritage
HUMN8036 Who do we think we are? Using Archives and Special Collections
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
DESN6006 Front-End Web: Crafting Online Experience
ESEN6101 Extended University English
HIST6237 Digital History, Digital Heritage
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
HUMN8033 Tourism, Heritage and Globalization
MUSC8006 Indigenous Collections and Exhibitions
MUSC8012 Understanding Learning in Museums and Heritage
MUSC8013 Museum Education and Heritage Interpretation Study Tour

MUSC8017 Museums and Collections: Key Concepts and Practices
MUSC8018 Exhibition Design and Delivery
MUSC8019 Repatriation: principles, policy, practice
MUSI6008 Sound Archiving
SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web
SCOM6016 Science in the Media
SCOM6029 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication
SCOM8501 Strategies in Science Communication

24 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


Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Cognate Disciplines

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

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:

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:

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.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit. 


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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

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.

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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