The Master of Professional Archaeology is a specialist two-year 240-credit point course that prepares you to work in commercial archaeology or progress to a research higher degree. You'll acquire a range of workplace skills in archaeological field techniques, technical analysis, Aboriginal and historical archaeology, heritage management and business skills as well as research skills and practice. You may elect to complete a research thesis.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.Sample course structure
Please note, the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your course location, offer year or how you tailor your course with specialisations, majors, minors and electives. Structures for the following year are not normally finalised until October, so the sample provided is based on the most recently approved structure. For more information, please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook.
To qualify for the award of Master of Professional Archaeology, students must complete a total of 240 credit points across 2 years.
Year 1 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Year 2 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.Subject name Subject code Year Credit points ACADEMIC INTEGRITY MODULE LTU0AIM 1 0 ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS ARC5REM 1 15 ARCHAEOLOGY OF ABORIGINAL VICTORIA ARC5AAV 1 15 PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY ARC5PRO 1 15 RESEARCH SKILLS HUS5ADR 1 15 PRACTICAL ARCHAEOLOGY ARC4PRA 1 30 THEORETICAL ISSUES IN ARCHAEOLOGY ARC5AIT 2 15
A range of standalone elective subjects is available in this course. Some electives are recommended for your course, but you may also be able to choose from a range of University-wide electives or electives from other interest areas or disciplines. Note these electives may have their own prerequisites and other requirements. Please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook for the subjects available.See La Trobe University Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.
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Graduates are expected to find employment with commercial archaeology firms in Victoria and interstate, a sector which employs approximately 250 people in Victoria.Professional recognition
Graduates of the Master of Professional Archaeology may be eligible to apply for registration with Aboriginal Victoria as a Heritage Advisor. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.