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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 22k / 1 year
  • Foreign: $ 22k / 1 year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 12 December 2016
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 515pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years


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    Boost your credentials and your career with a Master of Archaeological Science at the ANU.

    This unique degree offers you access to over 40 top-ranked international archaeologists. Join them in the field or in our world-class laboratories to hone your technical expertise and experience.

    Students can tailor the program to their own training objectives, through hands-on experience with a wide-range of supervising specialists, materials and laboratory resources.

    Two specialisations are available to match your interests:

    • Forensic archaeology and palaeopathology
    • Quaternary studies and palaeoenvironments

    Employment Opportunities

    The Master of Archaeological Science can lead to a PhD, or advance your career in cultural and environmental resource management, heritage management, forensic science and materials science.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

    1. understand the theories, methods and practice of archaeological science;
    2. understand how scientific techniques can be applied to archaeological problems;
    3. be familiar with the major sub-disciplines of archaeological science;
    4. be able to apply archaeological scientific techniques in the field, laboratory and written form; and
    5. be trained and have experience in undertaking a research project in at least one branch of archaeological science.

    The Master of Archaeological Science requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

    36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

    ARCH8032 Introduction to Archaeological Science

    ARCH8037 Master Class in Archaeological Science

    ARCH8040 Microanalysis in Archaeological Science

    ARCH8102 Designing Research in Archaeology

    ARCH8103 Frameworks for Archaeological Science

    6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

    ARCH6004 Australian Archaeology

    ARCH6005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders


    24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:

    Forensic Archaeology

    Quaternary Studies and Palaeoenvironments

    6 units from completion of ARCH8030 Archaeological Science Research Project 1


    A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

    ARCH8029 Supervised Project in Archaeological Science

    ARCH8030 Archaeological Science Research Project 1

    A minimum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

    ARCH6004 Australian Archaeology

    ARCH6005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders

    ARCH6041 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology

    ARCH8002 Advanced Field Training in Archaeological Science

    ARCH8031 Archaeological Science Research Project 2

    ARCH8033 Archaeology, Climate Change and Society

    ARCH8034 Managing, Mapping and Detecting Archaeological Sites

    ARCH8036 Internship in Archaeological Science

    ARCH8038 Graduate Reading Course in Archaeological Science

    BIAN6510 Scientific Dating and Isotope analysis for Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology

    BIAN6512 Ancient Health & Disease

    BIAN6515 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

    BIAN6517 Human Skeletal Analysis

    BIAN6518 Analysis of Mammalian Remains

    ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis

    ENVS6023 Vegetation and Soils: Landscape Co-evolution and Ecology

    ENVS6312 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate

    ENVS6529 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

    HUMN8008 World Rock Art: Global Perspectives on Rock Art Research

    HUMN8016 Introduction to Rock Art Research: community consultation and documentation

    24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


    • Forensic Archaeology and Palaeopathology
    • Quaternary Studies and Palaeoenvironments

    Australia requirements for international students

    In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

    Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

    You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65 per cent.

    All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

    Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.

    Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.

    Cognate disciplines

    Archaeology, Botany, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Material Sciences, Museum Studies and Heritage Studies.

    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.

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