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Master of Maritime Archaeology

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost International students $30,000.00 AUD; domestic students: tuition fees available on the website

Course aims

The course is designed to provide students with a sound theoretical and methodological grounding in maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage management, an understanding and appreciation of the place and role of maritime archaeology in the interpretation of maritime sub-cultures as well as cultures in the wider context, and to allow students to understand the history of the practice of maritime and underwater archaeology. 

Masters students will develop and implement the skills associated with successfully planning and conducting a focused research project and writing a research minor thesis.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of the history and practice of maritime and underwater archaeology
  • investigate, synthesise and analyse major issues in maritime archaeology and underwater culture heritage and conservation, and be able to apply this knowledge to a wide range of practical situations
  • understand the nature of underwater cultural heritage management practice and theory, and be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate it in a maritime archaeological context
  • reflect critically on their archaeological experience
  • understand the requirements of undertaking maritime archaeology fieldwork and employ a wide range of advanced technical and research skills on a maritime archaeology research project
  • communicate maritime archaeology and heritage issues appropriately to a range of audiences
  • undertake their work as independent professional archaeologists or cultural heritage managers in an ethical manner.
Structural components
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Ocean Literacy
Marine archaeology
Conservation and environmental management
Coastal and marine tourism