The Master of Maritime Archaeology is a 54-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. It articulates with the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification majoring in archaeology from an approved tertiary institution, or have completed the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology and have at least two years' relevant work experience.

Course aims

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.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will:

  • have developed and be able to implement the skills associated with successfully planning and conducting a focused research project
  • be capable of working in the field of maritime archaeology or underwater cultural heritage management
  • be able to write, edit and present a research minor thesis (18,000 words).

Credit

Students with significant prior studies in Maritime Archaeology may be granted up to 36 units of credit.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Maritime Archaeology, a student must complete 54 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
  • 18 units of Core topics
  • 18 units of Elective topics as approved by the course coordinator for the relevant maritime archaeology program

Core - Thesis topics

Select 18 units from the following 

 ARCH8520  Maritime Archaeology Thesis (18 units) 
 ARCH8520A  Maritime Archaeology Thesis (9 of 18 units) 
 ARCH8520B  Maritime Archaeology Thesis (9 of 18 units)  

Core - Year 1 & 2 topics

18 units comprising 

 ARCH8150  Maritime Archaeology in Australia  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8151  Coastal and Underwater Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8152  Maritime Archaeological Field School  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8157  Methods in Underwater Archaeology  (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 1 & 2 topics

Select 18 units from the following 

 ARCH8015  Grants and Sponsorship Proposals  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8020  Research Methods in Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8153  Issues in Maritime and Underwater Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8154  Underwater Cultural Heritage: Legislation, Management and Interpretation  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8155  Global Perspectives in Maritime Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8156  Advanced Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8158  Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8159  Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8309A  Advanced Research Projects  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8402  The Museum  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8808  Introductory Archaeological Geophysics  (4.5 units)

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