The Master of Maritime Archaeology is either a 54 unit or a 72 unit program offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
The 72 unit program articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology and the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the awards.
Students are required to complete 72 units of study for the Master of Maritime Archaeology
Applicants must normally hold:
- an approved bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) from an approved tertiary institution.
Advanced Entry (1.5 years) applicants who have completed one of the following may be eligible to complete the 54 unit program:
- an approved Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in Archaeology (or a closely related discipline) from an approved tertiary institution
- an approved Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (or an equivalent qualification) in Archaeology (or a closely related discipline) from an approved tertiary institution
- an approved bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in Archaeology.
Under exceptional circumstances and subject to specific conditions, the Dean (Education) may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course is designed to provide students with a sound theoretical and methodological grounding in maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage management, an understanding and appreciation of the place and role of maritime archaeology in the interpretation of maritime sub-cultures as well as cultures in the wider context, and to allow students to understand the history of the practice of maritime and underwater archaeology.
Masters students will develop and implement the skills associated with successfully planning and conducting a focused research project and writing a research minor thesis.
On completion of the course, graduates will be able to:
- demonstrate advanced knowledge of the history and practice of maritime and underwater archaeology
- investigate, synthesise and analyse major issues in maritime archaeology and underwater culture heritage and conservation, and be able to apply this knowledge to a wide range of practical situations
- understand the nature of underwater cultural heritage management practice and theory, and be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate it in a maritime archaeological context
- reflect critically on their archaeological experience
- understand the requirements of undertaking maritime archaeology fieldwork and employ a wide range of advanced technical and research skills on a maritime archaeology research project
- communicate maritime archaeology and heritage issues appropriately to a range of audiences
- undertake their work as independent professional archaeologists or cultural heritage managers in an ethical manner.
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