Course Description

Develop a deep understanding of the core historical and theoretical developments in museum and heritage studies as well as knowledge of current practice and debates.

Learn the frameworks for managing collections and sites, and develop a practical understanding of the modes of interpretation adopted in the museum and heritage sector. Gain object and site research techniques, and learn how to conduct significance assessment, collection management and archival research and display, as well as contribute to heritage studies and conservation management plans.

Discover how meaning is constructed in museums and at heritage sites through material objects, cultural practices, exhibits, education and public programs. Understand how the public engages and values museums and heritage, including sites of trauma, commemoration and memorialisation.

Why study with us?

The program offers a rich multidisciplinary approach and has a close relationship with the University’s museum collections and curatorial staff.

We have strong academic and professional ties with major institutions in Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and Sydney Living Museums.

Professional placements are a vital part of the master’s degree and graduate diploma, offering you authentic sector-based experience. Placements are project based and allow you to work under a supervisor in a host organisation.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 total course cost.
International Students: $37,500 per year full-time


1 - 1.5 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 75.1% (national average 78.4%)
Improved skills: 79.2% (national average 79.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.3% (national average 87.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 73.5% (national average 80.6%)
Studying full time: 6.5% (national average 8.7%)
Median full time salary: $74,200 (national average $77,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 079208J
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAMHESTD1000

Entry Requirements