Graduate Program in Cultural Heritage Management
Meet the Industry Advisory Panel to the Graduate Programs in Archaeology and CHM
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN HIRING A GRADUATE OF THE FLINDERS CHM PROGRAMS
Cultural heritage management is a significant element of archaeological professional practice, whether as part of consultancy projects, government requirements or the demands of a tourism product (e.g. in museums or heritage attractions). The need to balance heritage, development pressure and tourism is one of the main tasks of any cultural heritage manager.
Cultural heritage management is a diverse and rapidly growing field of employment, both in Australia and internationally. Key areas of employment include:
- Federal and state government departments responsible for administering heritage legislation (e.g. the SA Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, or the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency);
- Other federal, state and local government bodies whose work intersects with heritage matters through Native Title, managing assets, or urban and land-based development issues (e.g. every state department in Australia dealing with mining, agriculture, tourism, management of natural resources, national parks and other environmental matters);
- Archaeological consulting firms;
- Native Title Representative Bodies as defined under the Native Title Act, 1993;
- Other non-government Aboriginal organisations dealing with Native Title and/or cultural heritage matters; and,
- Private sector corporations, including mining, pastoralism, farming, tourism and other commercial land uses.
There is a market demand for heritage managers who understand the dynamics of tourism, and who can work creatively to enhance visitor experience at the same time as managing and presenting their heritage assets in accordance with conservation principles.
Flinders University is one of the few universities to offer named degrees in cultural heritage management. Our graduate courses are run by the Department of Archaeology, with assistance from experts in tourism, geography, screen and media, and environmental management. A key facet of the course is the input from Industry Partners, such as the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division (AARD), the South Australian Museum, and a range of archaeological consulting companies. The program has been specifically designed to offer a creative and relevant pathway to cultural heritage management practice and to provide the best possible combination of theoretical, practical and applied knowledge.
**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 online for students who are not resident in Adelaide. Download the current course handbook to see details of topic availability.
The normal minimum entry requirement for all three post-graduate Cultural Heritage Management courses is a three-year undergraduate degree from an approved tertiary institution majoring in archaeology, cultural tourism or another related discipline. However, applicants with other qualifications may be accepted under certain circumstances, at the discretion of the Course Coordinator. Please contact Dr Heather Burke for advice if you are unsure whether you meet the requirements.
Professionals who have been working in the industry may be able to claim some credit for Recognised Prior Learning—download these guidlines to find out: (DOCX 29KB)
- Please click here to access further information on the Flinders University website about the Graduate Program in CHM.
- To find out about topics and their availability, click here.
- Domestic students: Enrolment should be done online through SATAC.
- International students: The application form for the Graduate Program in Cultural Heritage Management can be found here.