The Graduate Diploma in Applied History and Heritage Studies is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Applied History and Heritage Studies and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the two awards.

Candidates who have completed the Graduate Certificate are awarded credit towards the Graduate Diploma.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. 

Course aims


The aim of this course is to provide university award training in applied history with an opportunity to specialise in one or more areas of applied historical practice. In all areas the emphasis is on these practices, so that successful students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out applied historical work in their chosen area(s).

Learning outcomes


Students successfully completing this course should be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of forms and uses of historical evidence
  • demonstrate familiarity with electronic, archival and other forms of historical data
  • demonstrate familiarity with and experience of the leading South Australian repositories of historical data and literature
  • carry out the collection of historical data in their chosen field or fields of applied history
  • carry out the advanced analysis of historical data
  • present in both written and oral forms, to appropriate scholarly standards, the findings of their applied historical work.  

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Applied History and Heritage Studies, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Core - Year 1 topics

 HIST8008  Guided Study in Applied History (18 units)

Option - Group A topics

 At least 4.5 units of 18 must be selcted from the following:

 HIST7002  New Ways in Social History  (4.5 units)
 HIST7006  Making History: Current Directions in Historiography  (9 units)
 HIST8005  Heritage and Community History  (4.5 units)
 HIST8006  Practical Genealogy for Family Historians  (4.5 units)

Option - Group B topics

 No more than 13.5 units may be selected from the following:*

 ARCH8018  Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8150  Maritime Archaeology in Australia  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8151  Coastal and Underwater Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8401  Historical Archaeology of Australia  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8402  The Museum (4.5 units)
 ARCH8806  Historical Archaeology Field School  (4.5 units)
 LANG8508  Settling in Australia: the Italian, Greek and French experience  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8115  Essentials of Interpretation  (4.5 units)

* In addition to the listed History topics, students may choose one other History Honours topic with approval from the Course Coordinator, depending on availability in the relevant semester.

Not all topics are available in a given year.