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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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Archaeology
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Archaeology
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science requires completion of 96 units, of which:

The 96 units must consist of:

 

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

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters (6 units)

ARCH6004 Australian Archaeology (6 units)

ARCH6005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders (6 units)

ARCH6006 The History of Archaeology: Discovering the Past (6 units)

ARCH6022 Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change (6 units)

ARCH6030 Archaeology of Ritual and Religion (6 units)

ARCH6037 From Empire to Invasions: The Archaeology of Europe from the Romans to the Vikings (6 units)

ARCH6041 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology (6 units)

ARCH6043 Analysis of Mammalian Remains (6 units)

ARCH6050 The Archaeology of South East Asia (6 units)

ARCH6056 Britons and Romans: The Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire (6 units)

ARCH6058 European Prehistory from Cultivation to the Celts (6 units)

BIAN6519 Ancient Medicine (6 units)

BIOL6004 Ecology (6 units)

BIOL6201 Big Questions in Biology (6 units)

EMSC6107 The Blue Planet: An introduction to Earth System Science (6 units)

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)

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 (6 units)

ARCH8103 Frameworks for Archaeological Science (6 units)

ASIA6018 Maps and Mapping in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World (6 units)

HUMN8006 Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places (6 units)

HUMN8019 UNESCO and World Heritage: Conserving Heritage Values (6 units)

 

12 units from completion of ARCH8032 Introduction to Archaeological Science

 

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

ARCH8002 Advanced Field Training in Archaeological Science (6 units)

ARCH8029 Supervised Field School Project in Archaeological Science (6 units)

ARCH8030 Archaeological Science Research Project 1 (6 units)

ARCH8031 Archaeological Science Research Project 2 (6 units)

ARCH8044 Ancient Biomolecules And Our Past (6 units)

BIAN6013 Human Evolution (6 units)

BIAN6124 Evolution and Human Behaviour (6 units)

BIAN8005 Theory Seminar in Biological Anthropology (6 units)

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World (6 units)

 

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

ARCH6042 Scientific Dating in Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Studies (6 units)

ARCH8040 Microanalysis in Archaeological Science (6 units)

ARCH8042 Archaeological Science Internship (6 units)

ARCH8043 Archaeological Science Extended Internship (12 units)

BIAN6019 Research Design and Analysis in Archaeological and Evolutionary Science (6 units)

BIAN8010 Ancient Behaviour: Advanced Topics in Bioarchaeology (6 units)

SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists (6 units)

SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis (6 units)

SOCR8009 Quantitative Data Collection (6 units)

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARCH8032 Introduction to Archaeological and Evolutionary 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

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 


Applicants must present 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.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


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. 

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.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$30,680.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$45,360.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  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; and

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

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program

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