Master of Maritime Archaeology

Flinders University

Program Overview

The Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders is the top named degree of its kind in Australia. You’ll learn practical skills in the classroom and gain valuable, career-ready experience in the field, with field schools and training led by award-winning, internationally recognised experts in maritime and underwater archaeology.

Get hands on in the lab with the latest digital technology, including 3D recording of artefacts and landscapes, marine geophsyics, conservation and diverse topics from historic shipwrecks to ancient submerged landscapes. Participate on archaeological projects interstate and overseas and obtain field experience through formal training in our field schools and practical topics. In the Masters Program, you’ll graduate with theoretical and practical training with an option to become a qualified Scientific Diver enabling you to participate on many scientific and archaeological projects around the world.

Careers in maritime archaeology are steadily growing, both in Australia and internationally. The Flinders program has drawn students from many countries (Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Italy and the Netherlands) and graduates now work professionally for underwater cultural heritage management agencies, museums and consultancy companies, as well as studying and teaching at universities all over the world.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 34,200


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 72

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The program enables you to select from a range of topics covering the theory and method of maritime and underwater archaeology. In addition, a broad selection of topics in archaeology and related disciplines, such as geophysics or heritage management, are available. You can undertake fieldwork in both maritime archaeology and a number of archaeological contexts. Students without a background in archaeology may be required to complete extra study in archaeology.

Topics cover areas such as maritime archaeology in Australia, seafaring in the ancient world, and maritime archaeology field school.

Core Modules

  • Research Methods in Archaeology
  • Methods in Underwater Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeological Field School
  • Thesis Research Project (9/18 units)
  • Thesis Research Project (9/18 units)

Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) from an approved tertiary institution.

International students must satisfy our English language proficiency requirements for admission. If your first language is not English you will need to have:

  • Achieved the required test score for the course you are applying for. The IELTS and equivalent scores to meet the various levels #. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE and Cambridge tests must be taken in a registered testing centre.; or
  • Successfully completed an approved secondary or tertiary qualification, taught in the English language in a country where English is the official language or the main language spoken (for up to an overall IELTS of 6.5) with evidence no more than five years old on the proposed date of commencement of the course; or
  • Successfully completed a pre-course English program from an approved ELICOS Provider*.

Annual fees:  $34,200

Career opportunities in underwater archaeology are steadily growing.

Potential occupations include:

  • maritime archaeologist

  • heritage manager

  • museum content specialist

  • higher education professional

  • environmental consultant

  • heritage consultant

  • park ranger.

Potential employers include:

  • independent archaeological consultants

  • heritage agencies

  • museums

  • academic institutions

  • the public service

  • wildlife services and sanctuaries.

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