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Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (Advanced)

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

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  • 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 (Advanced) requires completion of 96 units, of which:

96 units must come from 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level courses

A minimum of 48 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses

The 96 units 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

HUMN8018 Cultural and Environmental Heritage: Extended Research Project

HUMN8022 Physical Conservation of Historic Heritage Places

HUMN8023 Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

HUMN8026 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

HUMN8038 Oral History and Heritage Practice and Theory

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

ARTH8020 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

HUMN8009 Biography and Society

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

 

24 units from completion of THES8103 Thesis


Students must have the written agreement of an identified supervisor in order to enrol in THES8103 Thesis in a specified semester one calendar year in advance of the start date of that semester. Students who do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor one calendar year in advance, or whose agreed supervisor either subsequently leaves the university or is on leave from the university, will be transferred to the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies.

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.

Master Research

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Master Research Training

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Specialisations

Admission Requirements

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 6.0/7.0, and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.


Students must have the written agreement of an identified supervisor in order to enrol in THES8103 Thesis in a specified semester one calendar year in advance of the start date of that semester. Students who do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor one calendar year in advance, or whose agreed supervisor either subsequently leaves the university or is on leave from the university, will be transferred to the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies.


Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Area Studies, Biological Sciences, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, Language and Literature, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physiotherapy, Politics, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology


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 6.0/7.0. 


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.


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

Anthropology, Area Studies, Biological Sciences, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, Language and Literature, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physiotherapy, Politics, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$43,344.00

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.

The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (Advanced) 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

  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.

Research Strengths

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program

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