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Indigenous Studies Courses

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Graduate Diploma

Camperdown/Darlington
In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. This course will be available for students to study remotely during 2022 if they are unable to undertake face-to-face study.
Entry Requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Cultural Studies requires:

  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.
Duration
12 months full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
83.50%

Graduate Certificate

Wollongong
The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practice will respond to issues that have particular relevance in Indigenous communities in Australia. It will provide specific skills so that graduates can work from a trauma informed approach.
Duration
6 months full-time

Masters (Coursework)

Parkville
The Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage is a unique cross-disciplinary and industry-oriented program for students who are passionate about the social and cultural dimensions of the built environment in the 21st century.
Intake Months
Mar, Jul
Duration
42 months full-time, 84 months part-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
76.60%

Graduate Certificate

Camperdown/Darlington
Gain a contextual understanding of core historical and theoretical developments in museum and heritage studies. You will learn the frameworks for managing collections and sites and develop a practical understanding of the modes of interpretation used in the museum and heritage sector.
Entry Requirements

 

Admission to the course requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or higher award from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.
Intake Months
Feb, Aug
Duration
6 months full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$15,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
83.50%

Graduate Certificate

Camperdown/Darlington
The only Cultural Studies degree on offer in Australia, this program covers diverse topics of popular culture, media, gender, sexuality, globalisation and consumer culture. Using real-world examples, you will learn to analyse cultural forms and debate their significance in context.
Entry Requirements

 

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies requires:

  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, with a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification.
Intake Months
Feb, Aug
Duration
6 months full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$15,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
83.50%

Graduate Diploma

Camperdown/Darlington
Gain a contextual understanding of core historical and theoretical developments in museum and heritage studies. Learn the frameworks for managing collections and sites and develop a practical understanding of the modes of interpretation used in the museum and heritage sector.
Entry Requirements

 

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a major in one of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Education, English, Gender Studies, History, Indigenous Studies or another major with an equivalent skills and knowledge base; and a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the Graduate Certificate in Museum and Heritage Studies with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.
Intake Months
Feb, Aug
Duration
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$30,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
83.50%

Bachelor

Camperdown/Darlington
This combined degree offers you the opportunity to develop conceptual, theoretical and technical skills to become a practicing artist with flexibility to explore other areas across the University, create a study profile that reflects your expertise and widen your career prospects.
Entry Requirements

 

Secondary or tertiary qualification

A secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), OR approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.

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Portfolio

This course requires you to submit a portfolio.

 

Intake Months
Feb
Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$11,401 total
ATAR
70
Graduate Satisfaction
75.90%

Masters (Coursework)

Camperdown/Darlington
The program delivers a broad knowledge of the linguistic features of Indigenous Australian languages as well as covering theories of language acquisition and learning. You do not need to be fluent in an Indigenous Australian language to enter the program.
Entry Requirements

 

The course is open to Indigenous Australians only.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Indigenous Languages Education must hold:

  • a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • a Bachelor's degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Sydney.
  • at least one year of relevant professional experience in education.
Intake Months
Feb
Duration
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$3,985 total
Graduate Satisfaction
83.50%

Masters (Coursework)

Camperdown/Darlington
This program covers diverse topics of popular culture, media, gender, sexuality, globalisation and consumer culture. Using real-world examples, you will learn to analyse cultural forms and debate their significance in context.
Entry Requirements

 

Entry in the 1 year or 1.5 year degree program is determined by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) criteria below:

Admission to candidature for the Master of Cultural Studies (1.5 years full-time) requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification.

Admission to candidature for the Master of Cultural Studies (1 year full-time) requires:

  • completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Cultural Studies with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • an Honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • relevant professional work experience and a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet the requirements listed above for direct entry to the Master's degree, you may be able to enter via a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same subject area and upgrade to the Master's after successful completion of the shorter course.

Intake Months
Feb, Aug
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$30,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
83.50%

Masters (Coursework)

Wollongong
The Master of Indigenous Health is designed to prepare those involved in Indigenous health, or health workers in the area of Indigenous health, for clinical and administrative leadership roles in the health care system.
Intake Months
Feb
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Study Mode
Online

Indigenous Studies Courses overview

Indigenous peoples, also known as first peoples, aboriginal peoples or native peoples, are ethnic groups who are the early inhabitants of a given region. Groups are generally portrayed as indigenous when they keep customs, traditions and some aspects of an early culture that is related with a given area or region (read more).

Indigenous studies is therefore about learning indigenous people’s knowledge and experiences; their languages, cultures, histories, politics, health, laws, education, environment, relations with others and research methodologies.

Indigenous studies in Australia are generally centered on the study of their two distinct cultural ethnic groups; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Is indigenous studies for me?

Indigenous studies is an interesting field for those that want to explore the rich history of indigenous peoples and want to learn how they relate with modern society while preserving their culture.

Study pathway

The typical study pathway for indigenous studies starts with a bachelor’s degree, before continuing onto a postgraduate qualification, by means of either a graduate certificate or graduate diploma, a master’s degree or a PhD.

Graduate certificate and diploma of indigenous studies are postgraduate qualifications that are intended for students of any discipline with an interest in Aboriginal history, culture, politics and education.

Master’s of indigenous studies will equip students with broad knowledge of indigenous issues in a global context and will provide knowledge of research methodologies and the project management skills needed to work with various Indigenous groups.

A Doctorate/PhD in indigenous studies is a research degree and is awarded to a thesis that demonstrates the candidate’s ability to carry out independent research and analysis at an advanced level of study in a particular field or discipline of indigenous studies.

Employment options and specialisations

Graduates of indigenous studies may find employment in a range of public and private sectors organisations requiring experts in multicultural awareness, as well as indigenous institutions concerned with land councils, healthcare, legal services, cooperatives, and housing companies. Postgraduate study will also open up numerous opportunities in the business, education, health, and legal sectors.

An indigenous studies degree provides a great foundation for many careers; here are some examples:

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We're thrilled to announce next month (May 2023), we'll be rebranding as Prosple! Our new name will reflect our ongoing rapid global growth and our mission to help every student get the best possible start to their career.

Arup Melbourne Office

Take a sneak peek inside Arup's office facilities in Melbourne, where new graduates start their careers!

Arup Sydney Office

Take a virtual tour inside Arup's office at Barrack Place, 151 Clarence St, Sydney.

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You’ve spent years working your way through university. You chose a major, studied hard (hard enough, anyway), got good grades, and earned your degree. Now you’re eager to start your first graduate job — and you’ve got an offer letter on the table.

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