Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The new Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies degree is designed to equip graduates with professional knowledge and practical experience consistent with pathways to employment in museums and the growing area of local and global heritage. Now is an especially important time for research, teaching and debate within the discipline, as the museums and heritage industries are in a period of dynamic change and growth around the world. For students considering further study and an academic career, there is also a pathway to further research in a higher degree such as a PhD.
The program explores collections, cultural processes and strategies that societies use to conserve, communicate and engage with museums and heritage, both tangible (for example, artefacts, buildings, landscapes and monuments) and intangible (for example, memories, cultural practices, crafts, drama, songs and skills). It examines how objects and heritage places are contested, managed and conserved both in the past and today. The program is concerned with the material objects, cultural practices, events and performances through which meaning is constructed in museums and at heritage sites. It is interested in how the public engages with museums and heritage, including sites of trauma, commemoration and memorialisation, and how museums and heritage sites have become important components of economic and urban development strategies in many cities and regions around the world.
The learning experience of students in the Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies is enriched by access to the wealth of resources offered by the University museum collections and their curatorial staff. The University also has strong academic and professional ties with a number of major institutions in Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Australian Museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Living Museums.
In addition, the program fosters strong connections with academic and professional networks such as the International Council of Museums and Museums Australia.
Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.
MHST6901 Museums and Heritage: History and Theory
MHST6902 Museums and Heritage: Engaging Audiences
MHST6903 Managing Collections and Heritage Sites
MHST6904 Museums and Heritage: Objects and Places
MUSM7035 Ethics of Cultural Property
MHST6915 Heritage Studies and Communities
MHST6914 Heritage Studies in Practice
MUSM7030 Exhibition Development
MUSM7036 Museums and the Digital
HRTG6901 The Idea of Heritage
ARHT6914 Art and Curatorship
ARHT6935 The Art Museum: Past, Present and Future
ARHT6953 Backstage at the Mitchell Library
ARIN6905 New Media Audiences
ARTS7000 Academic Communication for Postgraduates
COMP5114 Digital Media Fundamentals
GCST6901 Cultural Policy
HSTY6992 Monuments, Memory and History
JCTC6908 The Australian Jewish Experience
JCTC6100 Sites of Trauma, Landscapes of Genocide
MECO6901 Dealing with the Media
MMDE6001 History and Theory of New Media 1
SCLG6902 Doing Social Research
WMST6902 Arguing the Point
MHST6906 Internship Professional Placement
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- ARHT6914 - Art and Curatorship
- ARHT6935 - The Art Museum: Past,Present and Future
- ARHT6953 - Backstage at the Mitchell Library
- ARIN6905 - New Media Audiences
- ARTS7000 - Academic Communication for Postgraduates
- COMP5114 - Digital Media Fundamentals
- GCST6901 - Cultural Policy
- HRTG6901 - The Idea of Heritage
- HSTY6992 - Monuments,Memory and History
- JCTC6100 - Sites of Trauma,Landscapes of Genocide
- JCTC6908 - The Australian Jewish Experience
- MECO6901 - Dealing with the Media
- MHST6901 - Museum and Heritage:History and Theory
- MHST6902 - Museums and Heritage:Engaging audiences
- MHST6903 - Managing Collections and Heritage Sites
- MHST6915 - Heritage Studies and Communities
- MMDE6001 - History and Theory of New Media 1
- MUSM7030 - Exhibition Development
- MUSM7035 - Ethics of Cultural Property
- MUSM7036 - Museums and the Digital
- SCLG6902 - Doing Social Research
- WMST6902 - Arguing the Point
Further course information
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies are required to complete 48 credit points, including: (a) a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and (b) a minimum of 18 credit points of core elective units of study; and (b) a maximum of 18 credit points from elective units of study.
Course outcomes and further study
This unique program offers graduates opportunities to pursue careers in museum education, public programs administration, collection management, heritage site interpretation, community organisations, protected area management agencies, Indigenous land councils and across the cultural sector in policy and planning. Employers value our graduates because they demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, abide by strong professional and ethical values and are able to engage with current debates about the place of the humanities in public life.
The program develops the knowledge base and skills necessary for modern museum and heritage practice and research by investigating the theory and history of tangible and intangible aspects of cultural heritage and the collecting of cultural and natural objects, methods of display and interpretation within the evolving nature of the museum as a concept and as an organisation.
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies requires:
(a) a bachelor's degree with a major Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Education, English, Gender Studies, History, Indigenous Studies or other major with 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
(b) completion of the Graduate Certificate in Museum and Heritage Studies with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University, via the International Office. For information about closing dates and application procedures, visit the International Office website; or
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.