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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

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$18,870 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Prerequisites:
The minimum entry requirement for a Masters Degree is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites 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.
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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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Course details for international students

Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours) (075222K)

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
1 year full-time
Academic entry requirements:
Completion of the Bachelor of Business Information Systems (or equivalent) degree with a minimum average of 60% across all of the third-year subjects and an average of at least 70% over the best third-year level computer science and computer-engineering subjects (which must include a project) to the value of 60 credit-points.
Additional information:
In addition to meeting the academic entry requirements, you must also have a supervisor prior to enrolment.
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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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