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What will I learn?

The course aims to meet the research and professional needs of graduates with an interest in Australian archaeology, archaeological field practice and cultural heritage management. It aims to increase the theoretical knowledge and research, practical and applied skills required to develop appropriate depth of understanding of issues in a number of related specialisations in archaeology and cultural heritage management.

The course draws on both theoretical and practical material and provides the opportunity for students to apply both the principles and the practical skills developed during the course.

Field schools and other intensives are usually held outside of regular semester dates via online option.

Learning outcomes

Upon graduating successfully, students will be equipped to:

  • enter the workforce as skilled and knowledgeable professional archaeologists or cultural heritage managers who are able to reflect critically on their own practice;
  • understand the requirements of undertaking archaeological fieldwork and employ a wide range of technical and research skills in archaeological projects;
  • understand the nature of cultural heritage management practice and theory and be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate the management of cultural heritage in an archaeological context;
  • review, synthesise and analyse major issues in Australian archaeology, cultural heritage management, conservation and professional archaeological practice; and
  • undertake their work as independent professional archaeologists or cultural heritage managers in an ethical manner.

Your career

These courses make you highly qualified for a professional career in archaeology throughout the globe in research, policy development, consulting, hands-on surveying and excavation.

Potential employers include:

  • private or corporate consulting sectors
  • heritage agencies
  • museums
  • academic and research institutions
  • the public service
  • wildlife services and sanctuaries.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$34,200.00 (18,60,718) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have equivalent of a three-year Australian bachelor’s degree. Some degrees may require work experience to meet the entry requirements. A reference or statement from the employer will be required. Special requirements apply to the four-year Doctor of Medicine. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE): Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking, 300 Reading, 300 Listening.

For international students

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management must normally hold an approved bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): B2

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


About Flinders University

Flinders University ranked 1st in South Australia for teaching quality, learning engagement and student support.

  • Among top 300 - THE World University Rankings 2020
  • Home to over 5000 international students
  • Based in Adelaide one of the most liveable cities in the world
  • Over 300 study options to choose from