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

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in Archaeology, Tourism or a closely 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 needs of graduates with an interest in cultural heritage management. It aims to increase the theoretical knowledge, research skills 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 legal issues relevant to cultural heritage management. They may also select electives based on their specific interests.

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 equipped to:

  • enter the workforce as skilled and knowledgeable cultural heritage professionals
  • understand the diverse nature of cultural heritage management and have a range of practical skills relating to the management of cultural heritage
  • understand major issues of managing interactions between visitors and heritage sites, including site management, interpretation and visitor management
  • undertake their work in an ethical way within the fields of cultural heritage management and/or sustainable tourism practice;
  • understand and interpret Federal and State Government legislation relating to cultural heritage
  • develop tenders and bids and manage cultural heritage or cultural tourism projects.


Students who have successfully completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management 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.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage Management 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 18 - 27 units from Group A topics

 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)
 ARCH8403  Directed Study in Cultural Heritage Management  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8406  Issues in Indigenous Heritage Management  (4.5 units)

Option - Group B topics

Select up to 18 units from Group B topics to make a total of 36 units

 ARCH8015  Grants and Sponsorship Proposals  (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)
 ARCH8401  Historical Artefact Analysis  (4.5 units)
 ARCH8402  The Museum  (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)
 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)
 BIOL8703  Vertebrate Palaeontology GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS8711  Australian Environmental Change GE  (4.5 units)
 ENVS7711  Environmental Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9701  Sustainable Environmental Management  (4.5 units)
 ENVS9702  Urban Environmental Management  (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)