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Master of Heritage Studies
Master of Heritage Studies

Master of Heritage Studies

  • ID:UWA610028
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualfication, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;


(c) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to Heritage Studies; or

(2) completed a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies at UWA.

English Requirements

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening 

  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)

  • PTE (Academic): Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

Course Information

Meet your research needs and increase your professional experience of heritage studies. Specialist heritage expertise is required by government, the business sector, community agencies, international organisations, museums, heritage agencies and national and provincial parks. Areas of specialisation include Indigenous or international heritage.

Drawing on Australia's leadership and experience in developing socially engaged and responsible heritage practice, this postgraduate course covers all types of heritage and offers training in working with, caring for and sharing heritage. You will increase your knowledge in legislation, management, conservation, tourism, development, stewardship, sustainability, ethics and commodification.

Heritage Studies is a cross-disciplinary strategic research area at UWA providing increased research opportunities and capabilities for its students. You will be taught first-hand by international experts, have the option of gaining heritage experience in various parts of the world, take part in heritage study tours and undertake professional heritage work placements. Western Australia is heritage-rich, with 50,000+ years of tangible Indigenous heritage and vibrant intangible heritage traditions. This course is taught through the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, and the School of Indigenous Studies.

CRICOS code: 083864J

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Course structure details


Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.


Take all units (36 points):

  • HERI5101 Debates in Contemporary Heritage Studies (6)

  • HERI5102 Foundations in Heritage Management (6)

  • HERI5103 The Business of Sustainable Heritage (6)

  • HERI5104 Intangible Heritage (6)

  • HERI5105 Heritage and Development in Asia (6)

  • HERI5107 Working with Stakeholders (6)

Option - Group A

Students in the Master of Heritage Studies by coursework only take units up to the value of 36 points from Group A. Students in the Master of Heritage Studies by coursework and dissertation take units up to the value of 12 points from Group A and take all units from Group B (24 points).

  • ARCT5577 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts (6)

  • COMM5200 Digital Advocacy (6)

  • HERI5106 Heritage Study Tour (12)

  • HERI5109 Heritage Special Topic (6)

  • LAWS5175 Heritage Governance: from Global to Local (6)

  • SOCS5003 Research Design (6)

  • WILG5001 Professional Development Practicum A (6)

WILG5002 Professional Development Practicum B (6)

Option - Group B

Students in the Master of Heritage Studies by coursework and dissertation take all units (24 points).

  • SOCS5003 Research Design (6)

  • SOCS5551 Master's Dissertation Part 1 (6)

  • SOCS5552 Master's Dissertation Part 2 (6)

  • SOCS5553 Master's Dissertation Part 3 (6)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

There are many career opportunities for graduates with expertise in heritage studies both in Australia and internationally. Your career could include roles in government, industry, non-governmental, mining companies, community organisations and tourism operators, adding diversity to your career.

  • Academic

  • Anthropologist

  • Archaeologist

  • Archivist

  • Conservation Officer

  • Historian

  • Management Consultant

  • Chief Executive

  • Curator - Gallery or Museum.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) per year

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