Maritime Archaeology

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time (N/A for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and external study) l Part-time
Location: On campus l External (N/A for full-time study) | Online with on campus intensives


Course name: Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology
Duration (full-time equivalent):  6 months
SATAC code:  2GC021
CRICOS code:  External

Course name: Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1 year
SATAC code: 2GD012
CRICOS code:  046437B

Course name: Master of Maritime Archaeology
Duration (full-time equivalent): 2 years
SATAC code: 2CM019
CRICOS code: 075592F


The Department of Archaeology at Flinders University has taught maritime archaeology at undergraduate level since 1996 and at postgraduate level since 2002 as well as providing supervision for MA (by research and thesis) and PhD students.

The Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology (GPMA) was established in 2002 and is now the largest, most successful and currently the only active program of its kind in Australia. The program has two academic staff, one adjunct staff, and a part-time technical officer as well as two PhD students (on scholarships) who work part-time in the program.

The Graduate Program has drawn students from eight different countries (Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Japan) and graduates are now working for underwater cultural heritage management agencies, museums, consultancy companies and universities, both in Australia and overseas.

Topics offered in the Graduate Program including Maritime Archaeology in Australia, Global Perspectives in Maritime and Underwater Archaeology, Issues in Maritime Archaeology, Maritime Archaeological Field School, Coastal and Underwater Archaeology, Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction and Underwater Cultural Heritage: Legislation, Management and Interpretation.

Study modes

Students can choose to study on-campus in Adelaide where both full-time and part-time studies are available or can study externally (currently only available part-time). External studies are available through a combination of distance learning (CD ROM and printed readers) and online (E-learning) topics, some of which are jointly offered by Flinders University and the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland). This flexibility means that students can study in their own time while still living and working at home.

The program also offers additional topics in "intensive" mode where students can complete the lecture, seminar and workshop components of a topic over a short period (six to nine days) and submit assessments after they have returned home. One requirement is that all students must complete a two-week intensive maritime archaeology field school.

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology normally require an approved undergraduate degree or equivalent, majoring in archaeology.

Applicants for the Master of Maritime Archaeology normally require:

  • an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in Archaeology or a related discipline and have achieved a grade point average of 5.6 in the upper level topics in the major sequence in Archaeology or a closely related discipline,
  • or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology, or an equivalent qualification, and have achieved a grade point average of 5.6 in this award; or an approved Honours degree in Archaeology or a closely related discipline from an approved tertiary institution.  

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (or other qualifications deemed equivalent) receive credit when progressing to the Graduate Diploma or Masters.

International students: Entry and English language requirements


Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.



International students
Mid year entry: Yes (external only for Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates: Semester 1 - 30 November of the year preceding admission
Semester 2 - 31 May of that year.


Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology

Place type: Full fee paying

2016: $7,200

2016: $11,900
2017: $12,750
Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology

Place type: Full fee paying

2016: $14,400

2016: $23,800
2017: $25,500
Master of Maritime Archaeology 

Place type: Full fee paying

2016: $14,400

2016: $23,800
2017: $25,500


  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.
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