WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN HIRING A GRADUATE OF THE FLINDERS ARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAM
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Archaeology, particularly as it relates to cultural heritage management, is a diverse and longstanding field of employment in Australia. The need to balance heritage values, development pressure and factors such as tourism is a significant element of archaeological professional practice. You can't learn everything in an undergraduate degree, however, and regular surveys by the Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) have identified significant skills gaps in undergraduate training that impede the transition to successful employment.
The Graduate Program in Archaeology and Heritage Management at Flinders University has been designed to fill such gaps with a wide ranging and vocationally oriented postgraduate coursework degree. It focuses on several interrelated areas, including:
- Archaeological field practice, including basic and advanced field methods, as well as specialist skills, such as archaeological geophysics and human osteology;
- Rock art recording and analysis;
- Tourism and environmental management;
- Australian stone artefact and Australian historical artefact analysis;
- Indigenous and community archaeology; and
- Cultural heritage management, ethics and professional archaeology.
If you have never studied archaeology before, this program will allow you to develop an understanding of the discipline and follow your interests in areas ranging across Indigenous, maritime, or historical archaeology. If you already have an archaeology degree you can use it to enhance your skills and add new ones. Either way, you can follow the path that best suits your needs.
**YES!!** You can study many components of a graduate degree as an external student.
Many of our topics are offered as intensives or via distance/flexible learning or fully online for students who are not resident in Adelaide. Both the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma can be completed entirely by distance. Some elements of the Masters program are only available internally. Download the current GP in Arch and HM Handbook (PDF 400KB) to see details of topic availability.
Entry to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management requires a degree in any area from a recognized tertiary institution.
For the Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management there are different entry levels depending on your previous degree(s):
Basic Entry Level
Students admitted under the Basic Entry Level are required to complete 72 units of study for the Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management. Applicants must normally hold:
- an approved bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) from an approved tertiary institution; or
- an Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline from an approved tertiary institution; or
- an approved Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in Archaeology, Heritage Studies (or a closely related discipline) from an approved tertiary institution.
Advanced Entry Level
Students admitted under the Advanced Entry Level are required to complete 54 units of study for the Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management. Applicants must normally hold:
- an approved bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in Archaeology, Heritage Studies (or a closely related discipline) from an approved tertiary institution; or
- an Honours degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology, Heritage Studies (or a closely related discipline) from an approved tertiary institution.
For entry at either level you must also have a GPA of 5.6 in a previous degree.
Under exceptional circumstances and subject to specific conditions, the Faculty Board may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
Please contact Dr Heather Burke for advice if you are unsure whether you meet the requirements.