Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Deakin University

Program Overview

The Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies allows you to specialise in the areas you want to take your career into. You’ll develop the knowledge, research skills and practical experience to make a difference in the way we engage with our past.

Do you have a passion for the past and how it impacts the present?

Cultural heritage and museum studies at Deakin is the largest and longest running program of its kind in Australia, with over 40-years of experience. All units are developed and taught by leading academics with industry experience.

Whether you want to create exhibitions, manage a museum or heritage site, safeguard Indigenous cultural heritage, support the conservation of intangible cultural heritage or protect and interpret significant objects, buildings, sites and landscapes, you’ll have the ability to tailor your studies to these disciplines throughout your masters.

During your studies, you’ll explore traditions and living examples of culture, and focus on current social, environmental and political concerns.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 33,200


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points as follows:

  • 2 credit points of compulsory core units
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 6 credit points of study from one of the Minor Thesis, Research Paper, or Professional Experience Pathways. Course Elective units may be used to form a Specialisation.*

*course electives may be used to form a specialisation in either Collections and Curatorship or Heritage Practice of 4 credit points

Core units

  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Sustainability and Human Rights in Heritage and Museums
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications. Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, your course may be:

  • Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline or
  • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience or
  • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline or
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

IELTS / English language requirements 
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$33,200 for 1 yr full-time AUD

The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

By researching the past, you’ll be contributing to making it accessible in the present – leading to stronger community engagement and a deeper understanding of how cultures have come to be. More than ever, society is wanting to gain a better understanding of the past and to create positive change in the present – something you can be a part of with the expertise you’ll develop.

Opening a broad range of roles both locally and abroad, your future roles could include:

  • heritage officer
  • heritage site or museum manager/director
  • interpretation officer
  • registrar
  • curator
  • public programs officer
  • exhibition officer
  • researcher
  • project officer.

Completion of the course can be used as a pathway to PhD through research training and a two-credit point research minor thesis.

The graduate certificate and graduate diploma elements of the cultural heritage and museum studies suite are possible early exits, both giving you a solid foundation of knowledge to confidently apply for entry-level roles.

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