Postgraduate Programs through the Department of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology at Flinders University offers both a general Research Higher Degree (MA, PhD) program, and specialised graduate coursework programs in Archaeology and Heritage Management and Maritime Archaeology.


A Research Higher Degree is typically 2-3 years in length and involves the completion of an in-depth thesis on a particular aspect of archaeology.  An MA requires the completion of a 40,000-60,000 word thesis and involves two years full-time study or an equivalent period of part-time study.  A PhD requires a thesis of 80,000-100,000 words and normally requires three to four years full-time study or equivalent.

Graduate coursework programs, on the other hand, are modular and allow you to specialise in a different way. They range in length between 1 semester full-time (a graduate certificate) to 4 semesters full-time (a Masters by coursework).  If you are studying part-time, you can study as little as one topic a year.  Many topics are offered as distance, flexible delivery or intensive topics for external students studying outside of Adelaide.

Flinders' coursework programs are intended to meet the vocational needs of graduates who either wish to study archaeology for the first time and learn new skills, or to extend their existing skills and specialise in various aspects of archaeology. Graduate coursework degrees are designed to be sequential, allowing students to progress from one course to another at their own pace and in a manner that suits their own interests. 

To complement students’ in-class learning, our graduate coursework programs are integrated with the wider DIRT (Directed Industry-Ready Training) Program for students and members of the general public.  The Flinders DIRT Program combines extra-curricular Master Classes, credited Industry placements, and a variety of Work Integrated Learning opportunities to ensure that our graduates are ready to practice immediately upon graduating.

View available handbooks for Flinders graduate topics