The Master of Maritime Archaeology is a 72-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law. It articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology and the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology.
Applicants must normally hold:
- an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in Archaeology or a related discipline from an approved tertiary institution 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 from an approved tertiary institution, and have achieved a grade point average of 5.6 in this award, or
- an approved Class 2A Honours degree in Archaeology or a closely related discipline from an approved tertiary institution.
Under exceptional circumstances and subject to specific conditions, the Faculty Board may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course aims to meet the needs of graduates in archaeology and related disciplines who wish to specialise in maritime archaeology.
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.
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.
Students with significant prior studies in Maritime Archaeology may be granted up to 36 units of credit.
To qualify for the Master of Maritime Archaeology, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:
- 18 units of Maritime Archaeology Thesis topics
13.5 units of Core topics
40.5 units of Option topics as approved by the coordinator of the Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology
Core - Thesis topics
Select 18 units from the following
Core - Year 1 & 2 topics
Option- Year 1 & 2 topics
Select 40.5 units as a program of study approved by the coordinator of the Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology from:
ARCH8018 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management (4.5 units)
ARCH8150 Maritime Archaeology in Australia (4.5 units)
ARCH8151 History, Theory and Issues in Maritime and Underwater Archaeology GE (4.5 units)
ARCH8153 The Archaeology of Submerged Landscapes (4.5 units)
ARCH8155 The Archaeology of Seafaring (4.5 units)
ARCH8156 Advanced Maritime Archaeology Practicum (4.5 units)
ARCH8158 Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction (4.5 units)
ARCH8159 Maritime Archaeology Practicum (4.5 units)
ARCH8160 Ships and Seafaring in the Indian Ocean GE (4.5 units)
ARCH8802 Conservation Practicum (4.5 units)
Up to 13.5 units can be chosen from the following non-Maritime Archaeology options:
ARCH8015 Research Funding and Ethics in Archaeology and Heritage (4.5 units)
ARCH8020 Research Methods in Archaeology (4.5 units)
ARCH8021 Introduction to Professional Archaeology (4.5 units)
ARCH8401 Historical Artefact Analysis (4.5 units)
ARCH8402 The Museum (4.5 units)
ARCH8404 Directed Study in Archaeology (4.5 units)
ARCH8801 Archaeological Field Methods (4.5 units)
ARCH8808 Introductory Archaeological Geophysics (4.5 units)
OR any other topic approved by the coordinator of the Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology.