The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management is an 18-unit program offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law. The course may be completed in one semester full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management and the 72-unit Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management.

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 Faculty Board may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. 

Course aims

The course aims to meet the research needs of graduates with an interest in cultural heritage management. It aims to increase the theoretical knowledge, research and practical skills required to develop appropriate depth of understanding of issues in cultural heritage management in a number of specialisations.

Students will undertake core topics in management, project management, and issues relevant to archaeological or tourism cultural heritage management.

The course draws on both theoretical and practical material and provides the opportunity for students to apply both the principles and the practical skills developed during the course.

Learning outcomes

Upon graduating, students will be able to:

  • enter the workforce as skilled and knowledgeable cultural heritage professionals;
  • identify and analyse complex issues in cultural heritage management;
  • demonstrate high-level knowledge of the nature of cultural heritage management and apply practical skills in the management of cultural heritage in an archaeological or tourism context;
  • undertake their work in an ethical way within the fields of cultural heritage management and/or sustainable tourism practice;
  • develop tenders and bids and manage cultural heritage or cultural tourism projects; and
  • communicate cultural heritage issues appropriately to a range of audiences.


Unspecified credit to a maximum of 4.5 units may, under certain circumstances, and subject to specific conditions, be granted for candidates who show relevant and extensive experience.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management 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:

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 18 units from the topics listed:

 ARCH8017  Cultural Heritage and the Law  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8018  Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management  (4.5 units) OR
 ARCH8019  Heritage Management Planning  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8021 Introduction to Professional Archaeology (4.5 units)
 ARCH8154  Underwater Cultural Heritage: Legislation, Management and Interpretation  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8406  Issues in Indigenous Heritage Management  (4.5 units)