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What will I learn?

Archaeology unlocks the mysteries of humanity’s past. Archaeologists discover and excavate archaeological sites and interpret the material recovered from them.

Our well-regarded degree is specifically designed to prepare you for a successful career in archaeology, either as a researcher or heritage consultant.

You will be trained in methods of archaeological investigation and develop both skills, experience and knowledge of fieldwork, museums and heritage and community engagement. Unique to Australia, this degree takes a global outlook on the practice of archaeology and the production of knowledge about past societies.

Throughout the ANU Bachelor of Archaeological Practice you will have exciting opportunities to participate in local or international fieldwork experiences.

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.

Employment Opportunities

The technical and analytical skills learned through this program provide highly practical knowledge, skills and training in the methods of archaeological investigation. Graduates may find work in Commonwealth heritage agencies, national parks, mining companies, as independent consultants, advisors to Aboriginal Land councils and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Archaeological Practice, graduates will be able to:

Undertake archaeological fieldwork using different techniques and approaches to locate, map, record, collect and excavate archaeological materials by determining the conditions in which those techniques and approaches are optimal.

Critically analyze archaeological materials. This includes the examination of human remains, artifacts, archaeo-fauna and archaeo-flora, archaeological sediments and other materials.

Apply interpretative approaches and skills including archaeological theory and quantitative analysis.

Design research frameworks and practice their application.

Reconstruct archaeological sequences and culture histories, and environmental archaeology.

Identify aspects of archaeological interpretations of human evolution and culture change.

Which department am I in?

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

CRICOS

073983G

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$39,090.00 (20,92,612) per year
Start date

21 February 2022

Venue

The Australian National University

Acton Campus,

ACTON,

Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to undergraduate programs at ANU, the following qualifications from an approved institution will be considered when assessing applicant’s eligibility: Australian Year 12 or international equivalent. Completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 or higher. Minimum 1 year of full-time enrolment (1.0 FTE) in a single bachelor program study. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: An overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test; a score of 570 with TWE score of 4.5 in TOEFL (paper based test); A score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening in TOEFL (internet based test); Cambridge CAE Advanced (Post 2015): An overall score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in all sub-skills. PTE Academic an overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 55 in each of the communicative skills.

For international students

An AQF Level 7 Bachelor Archaeological Practice degree or equivalent, completed within the last two years:

in a cognate discipline

with a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in cognate disciplines, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks.

with the following courses or equivalent: 6 units from completion of ARCH3000 Research Design and Analysis in Archaeology which may be double counted towards completion of the Archaeological Practice major

Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test; TOEFL internet based test score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening; TOEFL paper based test score of 570 with TWE score of 4.5; Cambridge CAE Advanced score of 176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills; PTE Academic score of Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section.

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*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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