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Bachelor of Archaeological Practice
Bachelor of Archaeological Practice

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice

  • ID:ANU610009
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements


International Baccalaureate:29

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application.

English requirements

  • Academic IELTS and IELTS Indicator:  An overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of the test.

  • TOEFL - internet based test : An overall score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening.

  • PTE Academic:  An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 55 in each of the communicative skills.

  • TOEFL - paper based test: A score of 570 with a TWE* score of 4.5.

  • Cambridge CAE Advanced (Post 2015):  An overall score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in all sub-skills.

Course Information

Archaeology unlocks the mysteries of humanity’s past. Archaeologists discover and excavate archaeological sites and interpret the material recovered from them.

Our well-regarded degree is specifically designed to prepare you for a successful career in archaeology, either as a researcher or heritage consultant.

You will be trained in methods of archaeological investigation and develop both skills, experience and knowledge of fieldwork, museums and heritage and community engagement. Unique to Australia, this degree takes a global outlook on the practice of archaeology and the production of knowledge about past societies.

Throughout the ANU Bachelor of Archaeological Practice you will have exciting opportunities to participate in local or international fieldwork experiences.


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Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Archaeological Practice requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

  • ARCH1111 Archaeology Uncovered

  • ARCH1112 From Origins to Civilizations

A maximum of 30 units from completion of courses from the following list:

  • ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology

  • ARCH2007 Archaeological Laboratory Methods

  • ARCH2022 Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change

  • ARCH2037 Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: From Arthur to the Black Death 

  • ARCH2041 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology

  • ARCH2050 Archaeology of Southeast Asia

  • ARCH2052 Archaeology in Film and Fiction

  • ARCH2056 Britons and Romans: Archaeology of the Western Roman Empire 

  • ARCH2058 European Prehistory from Cultivation to the Celts

  • ARCH2060 International Archaeological Field School Extension

  • ARCH2061 Archaeological Field Methods

  • ASIA2203 Archaeology of China

  • ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific

  • BIAN2015 Human Skeletal Analysis

  • BIAN2128 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

  • HUMN2051 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management

  • INDG2001 Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management

A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

  • ARCH2055 Archaeological Fieldschools and Fieldwork Practice

  • ARCH2059 International Archaeological Field School

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

  • ARCH3023 Thinking Through the Past: Archaeological Theory from 1950

  • ARCH3026 History of Archaeology: Discovering the Past

  • ARCH3028 Archaeology of Death and Mortuary Practices

  • ARCH3030 Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

  • ARCH3108 Animal and Plant Domestication

  • ASIA3051 Study Tour: Archaeology in Asia

  • BIAN3010 Scientific Dating in Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Studies

  • BIAN3113 Human Evolution

  • BIAN3125 Ancient Health and Disease

  • ENVS3029 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction

48 units from completion of the two following minors:

Advanced Environmental Archaeology

Archaeology of Aboriginal Australia in its Regional and Cultural Context

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The technical and analytical skills learned through this program provide highly practical knowledge, skills and training in the methods of archaeological investigation. Graduates may find work in Commonwealth heritage agencies, national parks, mining companies, as independent consultants, advisors to Aboriginal Land councils and many other fields.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 609 $ per year

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