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Expand your undergraduate qualifications with a Master of Professional Archaeology.

Gain the practical experience, knowledge and specialist skills necessary to secure a professional career in archaeology and cultural heritage management.

La Trobe is ranked as the top university in Victoria for research in archaeology*. Our Master of Professional Archaeology is one of the few Professional Archaeology courses in Australia, and the only Professional Archaeology Master’s degree in Victoria. It's also ranked in the top 100 archaeology courses internationally*, giving you an edge to advance your archaeology career.

Our Master of Professional Archaeology prepares graduates to have a sophisticated understanding of cultural heritage management and archaeological practice. You’ll gain specialist knowledge and skills in field methods, analysis and interpretation in Aboriginal and historic archaeology, as well as an advanced understanding of the application of Aboriginal and historic heritage legislation.

As professional archaeologists, our graduates have the communication and problem-solving skills to work in consultation with communities and organisations to produce internationally regarded research. Their knowledge and skills mean they can advocate for archaeology in a fast-paced, changing environment, and demonstrate why and how sites should be protected.

Our teaching staff are experienced practitioners with research and professional expertise in contemporary archaeology, so you’ll graduate with the knowledge, industry connections and insight necessary to further your career in conservation heritage.

* Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015–2016)
** QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

Career opportunities

You’ll graduate from the Master of Professional Archaeology with the knowledge, connections and practical experience to develop cultural heritage and conservation management plans, as well as the ability to develop academic and industry research to advance heritage conservation globally.

Our graduates have established careers locally and internationally with organisations such as:

  • Aboriginal Victoria
  • Heritage Victoria
  • Parks Victoria
  • UNESCO
  • and major Australian heritage consultancies.

Graduates go on to careers as:

  • heritage advisors
  • government representatives
  • teachers
  • consultants
  • researchers
  • cultural resource managers.

La Trobe’s strong ties with industry bodies and organisations means many Master's students are given the opportunity to start their career by combining study with consultancy work.

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Master of Professional Archaeology

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$19,800 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Prerequisites:
N/A
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Professional Archaeology may be eligible to apply for registration with Aboriginal Victoria as a Heritage Advisor. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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Start your professional career in archaeology

La Trobe is ranked as the top university in Victoria for research in archaeology.*

Enquire now

Choose Master of Professional Archaeology at La Trobe

Expand your undergraduate qualifications with a Master of Professional Archaeology.

Gain the practical experience, knowledge and specialist skills necessary to secure a professional career in archaeology and cultural heritage management.

La Trobe is ranked as the top university in Victoria for research in archaeology*. Our Master of Professional Archaeology is one of the few Professional Archaeology courses in Australia, and the only Professional Archaeology Master’s degree in Victoria. It's also ranked in the top 100 archaeology courses internationally*, giving you an edge to advance your archaeology career.

Our Master of Professional Archaeology prepares graduates to have a sophisticated understanding of cultural heritage management and archaeological practice. You’ll gain specialist knowledge and skills in field methods, analysis and interpretation in Aboriginal and historic archaeology, as well as an advanced understanding of the application of Aboriginal and historic heritage legislation.

As professional archaeologists, our graduates have the communication and problem-solving skills to work in consultation with communities and organisations to produce internationally regarded research. Their knowledge and skills mean they can advocate for archaeology in a fast-paced, changing environment, and demonstrate why and how sites should be protected.

Our teaching staff are experienced practitioners with research and professional expertise in contemporary archaeology, so you’ll graduate with the knowledge, industry connections and insight necessary to further your career in conservation heritage.

* Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015–2016)
** QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

Career opportunities

Our graduates have established careers locally and internationally with organisations such as:

  • Aboriginal Victoria
  • Heritage Victoria
  • Parks Victoria
  • UNESCO
  • and major Australian heritage consultancies.

Graduates go on to careers as:

  • heritage advisors
  • government representatives
  • teachers
  • consultants
  • researchers
  • cultural resource managers.

La Trobe’s strong ties with industry bodies and organisations means many Master's students are given the opportunity to start their career by combining study with consultancy work.

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Master of Professional Archaeology (091419G)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount ($A):
31 400
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time
English language requirements:
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 6.5 TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.
Academic entry requirements:
An approved Bachelor's degree with 60% average in the humanities, social sciences or similar discipline. If you don't have a 60% average, appropriate professional experience is considered. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements 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.
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Professional Archaeology may be eligible to apply for registration with Aboriginal Victoria as a Heritage Advisor. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
A student who enters the Master's with a Bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline may be granted Advanced Standing (credit), and only complete 180 credit points for the degree.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

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