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Master of Heritage Studies

Do you want a career as diverse as the world we live in?

Heritage Studies

The Master of Heritage Studies teaches graduates how to protect and preserve the world’s cultural, historical and natural heritage, and opens doors to a wide variety of careers, both domestically and internationally.

The Master of Heritage Studies aims to meet the training needs of all those whose lives intersect with heritage, be this in the context of government, the business sector, NGOs, international organisations, museums, universities, heritage agencies, national and provincial parks etc. Two areas of specialization are offered: Indigenous Australian heritage and International Heritage.

All students have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement with a relevant organisation, a study tour, and an exchange with one of our partner universities overseas.


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Course Information

Course Structure

This degree covers all types of heritage and considers how we live with, care for and share heritage issues.

Course content includes areas such as legislation, management, conservation, tourism, development, stewardship, presentation, sustainability, ethics and commodification.

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At UWA, you'll be in great company.

The Faculty of Arts is a founding faculty of the University which has an inspiring history of highly successful graduates and outstanding research results which have made a valuable contribution to Western Australia, Australia and internationally.

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Course at a Glance

Location offered UWA Crawley (Perth, Western Australia)
Attendance types Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode Multi-mode
Starting dates Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July)
Standard full-time completion 2 years
Maximum time to complete 5 years
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Scholarships See our Arts Scholarships and UWA Scholarships
Course code 12530
CRICOS Code 083864J

Students have a choice of study - by coursework OR by coursework and dissertation.

Master of Heritage Studies Coursework and Dissertation graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy at UWA.

Students who successfully complete 24 points may graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Studies. Students who successfully complete 48 points may graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies.

Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.

Download the Master of Heritage Studies Brochure.

More information about the course structure and the units offered is available on the UWA Handbooks website.

Career Options

There are many career opportunities for graduates with expertise in heritage studies both in Australia and internationally.

Employment can be found in government, industry, NGOs, mining companies, community organisations and tourism operators to name just a few.

Professional positions include, but are not limited to:

Discover jobs and opportunities through our Careers Centre.

Admission requirements

All students must meet UWA?s English language competency requirements.
To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following requirements:


Pathway One


  • A bachelor?s degree, or equivalent as recognised by UWA; and
  • Including the following:
    • A weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the level 3 units of the relevant major; or
    • The equivalent as recognised by the Faculty
Pathway Two


  • A Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies, with a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; or
  • The equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.
Other requirements


  • English language requirement: IELTS minimum of 6.5 overall with individual items no less than 6.0.

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