Master of Professional Archaeology

La Trobe University

Program Overview

Build a future in preserving the past.

Archaeologists explore the past through the material world. From uncovering our recent past beneath our cities, to delving deeper into ancient societies, archaeology shines a light on where we have been, who we were and the factors that shaped our present society. Unlock the secrets of the past in the only discipline that looks at the human journey as a whole.

If you're looking to pursue a rewarding career in the field of archaeology, La Trobe's Master of Archaeology will prepare you for a career as a professional archaeologist, heritage manager or researcher.

You'll develop specialist skills in contemporary archaeological practice and acquire comprehensive knowledge of Australian and Australian Indigenous archaeology.

You'll learn from renowned researchers in La Trobe's world-class facilities and benefit from both a hands-on and academic perspective.

For students interested in a global career in archaeology, the Master of Archaeology can be tailored to meet your needs. Develop strong field skills applicable anywhere in the world while undertaking specialist research into your preferred region and time period.

Choose from a wide range of subjects and undertake specialist studies in heritage planning, community consultation, field techniques, analysis of human and animal bone, site identification and recording using digital technologies.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 36,400



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Core subjects

Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Archaeology Of Aboriginal Victoria
  • Australian Indigenous Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology In Australia
  • Objects, Things, & Artefacts (A): Managing And Recording
  • Objects, Things, And Artefacts (B): Analysing And Understanding
  • Research Skills
  • Practical Archaeology

Academic entry requirement


Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors, including academic record, English proficiency and/or employment experience.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants with an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline or area and marks reflective of the capacity to work at the masters level will receive credit of up to 60 credit points.
  • Students who have completed an undergraduate major in archaeological and heritage studies or the Bachelor of Archaeology at La Trobe University may be awarded up to 60 CP credit for:
  • ARC4001
  • ARC4002
  • ARC4003
  • ARC4004
  • ARC4005
  • External applicants may be awarded up to 60 CP credit with the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Note: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

English language requirement
7.0 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 6.5.

Annual tuition fee
A$36 400 per 120 credit points.

Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

After graduation, you could work in specialist fields such as professional archaeology, cultural heritage management or research. The State of Victoria has robust laws protecting our heritage and, combined with continued government investment in infrastructure, there's very strong demand for archaeologists.

Possible roles include:

  • Professional archaeologist
  • Heritage manager
  • Museum curator
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