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The Australian National University

Archaeological Science


A joint cross-disciplinary program of the

ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment
ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Archaeological Science at the Australian National University is a bridge between the humanities orientation of traditional archaeology and the "hard science" of applying modern scientific principles, analytical techniques and methods to archaeological research questions and professional practice.

ANU is research-heavy in Archaeological Science, and is Australia's, and one of the world's leading archaeological research and teaching Universities. Archaeology at ANU scored 5 out of 5 (outstanding) in the pilot Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2009 study.

The Master of Archaeological Science program offers a range of degree options combining compulsory courses with a wide choice of electives, thematic routes, intensive short courses and individual research projects. Tuition is cross-campus by specialist staff in all contributing ANU College areas. Fieldwork training is an important part of the program, based on intensive teaching, internships, or workplace placements in industry. Students are able to design a graduate program with entry/exit points as a Graduate Certificate of Archaeological Science (24 units), Master of Archaeological Science (48 units), with progression to a Master of Archaeological Science (Research) (24 units). 

Research-led teaching is central to all graduate coursework programs in Archaeological Science. The program offers exceptional flexibility for professional development or graduate training drawing on staff and facilities across four ANU Colleges for Higher Degree Research (HDR) and a foundation to a PhD in Archaeological Science, or cognate areas such as Quaternary Science, Heritage Studies, Forensic Science and Natural and Cultural Heritage Management.

Further information can be found in our brochure.

Commonwealth Supported Places

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) can save students more than 50 per cent on the cost of full-fee graduate study. With a CSP, you will instead pay the equivalent of undergraduate fees for your graduate coursework program. Two confirmed programs and available places have been approved in 2014.

Program Proposed places for 2014 UAC application code
Master of Archaeological Science (7119) 4 830008
Master of Culture, Health and Medicine (7123) 3 830082

Read more about Commonwealth Supported Places in 2014.

Updated: 28 November 2013/ Responsible Officer:  CASS External Relations / Page Contact:  CASS External Relations