Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

The Centre aims to promote and develop critical heritage and museum studies as an interdisciplinary area of academic analysis. We aim to stimulate new ways of thinking about and understanding the cultural and political phenomenon of ‘heritage’, and the way this interacts with cultural and public policy, management practices, cultural institutions and community and other grassroots expressions of identity, citizenship, nation and sense of place.

Previous work has explored, amongst other issues, working with marginalised communities, social justice issues and social activism in museums, the commemorative and memorial practices of working class communities and the trade union movement, Aboriginal critiques of heritage, multiculturalism and museums.

It includes three specialisations

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


Related Program: Master of Arts - 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).

Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

Further studies

Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (Advanced)

In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification.

Admissions requirements

By transfer from the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.





Career opportunities

Students within this program also have the unique opportunity to undertake internships with national, state and local museums, national cultural and collecting agencies as well as leading local, national and international heritage groups. In this way they link with existing museum and heritage projects within government departments, heritage consultancy firms, cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Australia, and many leading heritage bodies.

Professional outcomes

Museum and Heritage Studies equips students with skills in critical analysis, research, problem–solving and communicating with diverse audiences. The programs are designed to be tailored to your needs, whether you are already working in the sector and are looking for further professional development or greater critical, academic knowledge of the area.

Admission requirements

  1. A three year Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a GPA of at least 5/7 for the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies.
  2. A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis for the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (Advanced).
  3. International applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
  4. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.
  5. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
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