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The Graduate Diploma in Archaeology is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law. The course is offered over two semesters full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

The Graduate Diploma in Archaeology articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Archaeology and the 72-unit Master of Archaeology.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in Archaeology or a related discipline 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 and professional needs of graduates with an interest in Australian archaeology and archaeological field practice.

It aims to increase the theoretical knowledge, research skills and applied skills required to develop appropriate depth of understanding of issues in a number of related specialisations in archaeology.

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 successfully, students will be equipped to:

  • enter the workforce as skilled and knowledgeable professional archaeologists
  • understand the requirements of undertaking archaeological fieldwork and employ a wide range of fieldwork methods and techniques in archaeological research
  • understand major issues in Australian archaeology, conservation and archaeological field methods and practice and be able to apply this knowledge to practical situations
  • undertake their work as professional archaeologists in an ethical manner.


Students who have successfully completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Archaeology, on admission to the Graduate Diploma in Archaeology, receive 18 units of specified credit towards the course.

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

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Archaeology a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

Option - Group A topics

Select 27 - 36 units from the topics listed

 ARCH8018  Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8020 Research Methods in Archaeology (4.5 units)
 ARCH8150  Maritime Archaeology in Australia  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8151  Coastal and Underwater Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8152  Maritime Archaeological Field School  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8401  Historical Artefact Analysis  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8402  The Museum  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8404  Directed Study in Archaeology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8405  The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8407  The Archaeology of Art  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8408  Human Osteology  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8409  Issues in Australian Rock Art  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8410  Archaeology of Indigenous Australia  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8518  Cultural Heritage Practicum  (4.5 units) OR
 ARCH8518A  Cultural Heritage Practicum  (9 units)
 ARCH8801  Archaeological Field Methods  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8802  Conservation Field School  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8803  Indigenous Australian Archaeology Field School A  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8804  Ethnoarchaeology in Aboriginal Australia Field School A  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8805  Australian Rock Art Field School A  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8806  Historical Archaeology Field School  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8807  Advanced Archaeology Field School  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8808  Introductory Archaeological Geophysics  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8809  Indigenous Australian Archaeology Field School B  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8810  Ethnoarchaeology in Aboriginal Australia Field School B  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8811  Australian Rock Art Field School B  (4.5 units)

Option - Group B topics

Select up to 9 units from the following topics to make a total of 36 units

 ARCH8015  Grants and Sponsorship Proposals  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8017  Cultural Heritage and the Law  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8021 Introduction to Professional Archaeology (4.5 units)
 BIOL8703  Vertebrate Palaeontology GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS7711  Environmental Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS8711  Australian Environmental Change GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS8732  Environmental Impact Assessment GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9701  Sustainable Environmental Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9702  Urban Environmental Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9712  Environmental Policy Development/Analysis  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8700  Geographical Information Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8701  Introduction to Remote Sensing GE  (4.5 units)
 GEOG8731  GIS Modelling GE  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8115  Essentials of Interpretation  (4.5 units)
 TOUR8118  Destination Image and Tourism  (4.5 units)