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Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science

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

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

Program Requirements

The Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science requires completion of 96 units, of which:
A minimum of 48 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses

The 96 units must consist of:
 

24 units from completion of introductory courses from the following list:

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters
ARCH6004 Australian Archaeology
ARCH6005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders
ARCH6006 The History of Archaeology: Discovering the Past
ARCH6022 Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change
ARCH6030 Archaeology of Ritual and Religion
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
ARCH6058 European Prehistory from Cultivation to the Celts
ASIA6151 Study Tour: Archaeology in Asia
BIAN6120 Culture, Biology & Population Dynamics
BIAN6518 Analysis of Mammalian Remains
BIAN6519 Ancient Medicine
BIOL6001 Human Physiology
BIOL6004 Ecology
BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology
EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: an introduction to Earth system science
ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis
 

24 units from completion of any disciplinary courses from any of the following specialisations and courses:

Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology
Environmental Archaeology and Climate change
Human Evolution 
Primate and Human Behaviour
ARCH8038 Graduate Reading Course in Archaeological Science
ARCH8103 Frameworks for Archaeological Science
ARCH8104 An Introduction to Cultural and Environmental Heritage
ASIA8046 Maps and Mapping for the Social Sciences and Humanities
BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World
HUMN8006 Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places
HUMN8019 World Heritage: conserving cultural heritage values
HUMN8022 Physical Conservation of Historic Heritage Places
 

12 units from completion of ARCH8032 Introduction to Archaeological Sciences
 

6 units from completion of research project courses from the following list:

ARCH8002 Advanced Field Training in Archaeological Science
ARCH8029 Supervised Field School Project in Archaeological Science
ARCH8030 Archaeological Science Research Project 1
ARCH8031 Archaeological Science Research Project 2
BIAN6013 Human Evolution
BIAN6124 Evolution and Human Behaviour
BIAN8005 Theory Seminar in Biological Anthropology
BIAN8009 Stable Isotopes in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

 

6 units from completion of research methods courses from the following list

ARCH8040 Microanalysis in Archaeological Science
ARCH8042 Archaeological Science Internship
ARCH8043 Archaeological Science Extended Internship
BIAN6019 Research Design and Analysis in Archaeological and Evolutionary Science
BIAN6510 Scientific Dating in Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Studies
BIAN8010 Ancient Behaviour: Advanced Topics in Bioarchaeology
SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists
SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis
SOCR8009 Quantitative Social Research


 

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARCH8032 Introduction to Archaeological Science 12 units - Introductory Course 6 units Introductory Course 6 units
Research Project Course 6 units Research Methods Course 6 units Introductory Course 6 units Introductory Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Disciplinary/ Specialisation Course 6 units Disciplinary/ Specialisation Course 6 units ANU Elective course 6 units ANU Elective course 6 units
Disciplinary/ Specialisation Course 6 units Disciplinary/ Specialisation Course 6 units ANU Elective course 6 units ANU Elective course 6 units

Admission Requirements

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

Cognate Disciplines

Anatomy, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Botany, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Indigenous Studies, Marine Science, Medicine, Museum and Heritage Studies, Psychology, 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.

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. 

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$26,544.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$41,280.00

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.

This program - not offered at any other Australian University – equips you with the theory and skills required to undertake a scientific study of the past and present of humanity using Archaeology and/or Biological Anthropology perspectives. Students can tailor the program to their own training objectives, through hands-on experience with a variety of world-leading supervising specialists, materials, and fieldwork and laboratory resources. The Archaeological Science stream offers professionally-oriented training and the opportunity to focus on tailored independent research projects. By taking Biological Anthropology courses you will study humans and non-human primates as varied and dynamically changing biological organisms. You will explore primate evolution, ecology, behaviour and conservation; human evolution and behaviour; palaeopathology, bioarchaeology, and forensic archaeology/anthropology.

Four specialisations are available to match your interests:

Primate and Human Behaviour

Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

Environmental Archaeology and Climate Change

Human Evolution

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 be able to:

1.    clearly understand evolutionary processes as they relate to biological anthropology, and/or understand the theories, methods and practice of archaeological science;

2.    apply scientific method in archaeological science and/or to paleontological and bioarchaeological specimens, morphological materials and/or primate behaviour and ecology,

3.    understand how scientific techniques can be applied to archaeological and/or biological anthropological problems in the field, laboratory and written form;

4.    critically analyse data and literature within the discipline of archaeological science or biological anthropology to reach independent conclusions;

5.    effectively communicate to others their knowledge of humankind’s place in nature and/or our past.

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