The Maritime Archaeology program is designed to meet the needs of students who have a three or four-year degree in archaeology or anthropology who wish to specialise in maritime archaeology, as well as those who come from a different academic background (such as history) and wish to change career paths. The program is built on the premise that a maritime archaeologist needs to be more than an archaeologist who can scuba dive.
Therefore, in addition to practical fieldwork-based training, the program provides you with a strong academic and theoretical grounding across a wide range of areas in maritime and underwater archaeology.
Flinders University has taught maritime archaeology at undergraduate level since 1996 and at postgraduate level since 2002, as well as providing supervision for MA (by research and thesis) and PhD students. The Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology (GPMA) is the only named degree program of its kind in Australia.
The program is taught by Flinders academic staff and adjunct staff with the support of a technical officer, as well as PhD students (on scholarships) who work part-time in the program.
The program has drawn students from many different countries (Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Japan, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Italy and the Netherlands) and graduates are now working for underwater cultural heritage management agencies, museums and consultancy companies, as well as studying and teaching at universities both in Australia and overseas.