Archaeological Practice

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 19.3 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 19.3 k / Year(s) Deadline: Dec 12, 2024
59 place StudyQA ranking:6650 Duration:3 years

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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 applied and technical skills involving fieldwork and analysis.Throughout the ANU Bachelor of Archaeological Practice you will undertake fieldwork to real excavation and archaeological sites, as well as having exciting opportunities to participate in local or international internships.

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.

Successful completion of this program enables students 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 analyse archaeological materials. This includes the examination of human remains, artefacts, 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  practise their application.
  • Reconstruct archaeological sequences and culture histories, and environmental archaeology.
  • Identify aspects of archaeological interpretations of human evolution and culture change

The Bachelor of Archaeological Practice requires completion of 144 units, of which:

  • A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

  • 48 units from the completion of the Archaeological Practice major
  • 48 units from the completion of two of the following specialisations:

Environmental Archaeology

Forensic and Evolutionary Archaeology

Regional Archaeology

  • 48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


  • Archaeological Practice


  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Forensic and Evolutionary Archaeology
  • Regional Archaeology

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR

• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma or Graduate Certificate; OR

• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution; OR

• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Requirements for domestic applicants:


QLD Band:10

International Baccalaureate:29


For international students:

Refer to the table to see if you meet the requirements: 

English Language Requirements:

ANU recognizes a number of English language tests as meeting the University’s English language requirements. The acceptable tests are IELTS (an overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test), TOEFL-paper based test (a score of 570), TOEFL-internet based test (a score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening), Cambridge CAE Advanced (80, grade A), PTE Academic (overall 64, minimum 55 in each section.) 

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

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