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Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies draws on our strong connections with Canberra's leading cultural and collecting institutions to prepare you for an innovative career in this field. Our local and national links mean you'll regularly hear from senior institutional staff in classes, and can learn on the ground through our internship program.

Our academics are international leaders in research in the field, and the masters offers a range of specialisations in either museum or heritage studies. Within the museum specialisation you'll learn traditional curatorship and collections management, in addition to new areas such as such as social inclusion, citizenship and community engagement, social activism and museums, Indigenous curation and collection, and innovative visitor studies. The cultural and environmental heritage specialisation offers you the opportunity to analytically address and assess national and international policy and practices in the context of a critical framework that explores the political and social phenomenon and impacts of heritage and its management and conservation.

It includes three specialisations

  • Cultural and Environmental Heritage
  • Museums and Collections
  • Museum Education and Heritage Interpretation

New for 2017- Master of Arts Administration/Master of Museum and Heritage Studies 

The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies at ANU provides the unique opportunity to articulate with the Indiana University to complete a double degree with the Master of Arts – Arts Administration.

These degrees draw on strong connections with cultural and collecting institutions in Australia and the United States. The double degree aims to prepare you for an innovative career in both Museum Curatorial practice (ANU) and Arts Administration (IU). At the ANU, students will learn traditional curatorship and collections management, while also being introduced to new areas impacting on national and international cultural policy such as social inclusion, citizenship and community engagement, social activism and museums, Indigenous curation and collection, and innovative visitor and audience studies. At IU, students will gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to become an effective arts advocate and leader of change; students will be introduced to a range of core skills in the areas of business, marketing, policy and management, as well as a thorough understanding of the arts sector.

Read more about the Master of Arts Administration (IU)/Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (ANU).

Admissions Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Career opportunities: 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. analyse, research, reflect on and synthesise complex approaches to museums and collecting agencies and their relationships to societies;
  2. evaluate significant debates, problems, controversies, concepts and theories pertinent to museums and collections;
  3. develop critical engagement with, and a working knowledge of, museums and collecting agencies; and
  4. communicate and interpret knowledge and ideas to general and specialists museum audiences.

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