The Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology is an 18-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. Under exceptional circumstances and subject to specific conditions, the Dean (Education) may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course introduces students to contemporary theory and practice in maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage management.

The Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the place and role of maritime archaeology in the interpretation of maritime sub-cultures as well as cultures in the wider context, and an introduction to the history of the practice of maritime and underwater archaeology.

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of the history and practice of maritime and underwater archaeology
  • understand the nature of underwater cultural heritage management practice and theory, and be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate it in a maritime archaeology context
  • review, synthesise and analyse major issues in maritime archaeology and underwater culture heritage and conservation
  • 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.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

Core - Year 1 topics

 ARCH8157  Methods in Underwater Archaeology  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 13.5 units as a program of study approved by the course coordinator for the relevant maritime archaeology program from:

ARCH8021 Introduction to Professional Archaeology  (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)
ARCH8152  Maritime Archaeological Field School  (4.5 units)
ARCH8153
  The Archaeology of Submerged Landscapes (4.5 units)
ARCH8155  Seafaring in the Ancient World GE  (4.5 units)
ARCH8159  Maritime Archaeology Practicum  (4.5 units)

OR any other topic approved by the course coordinator for the relevant maritime archaeology program.