Master of Heritage Studies (coursework and dissertation)

This course aims to meet the training needs of all those whose lives intersect with heritage, be this in the context of government, business, NGOs, international organisations, museums, universities, heritage agencies, national and provincial parks. Students can either specialise in Indigenous Australian heritage or international heritage. The course covers all types of heritage and offers training in caring for and sharing heritage, issues of legislation, management, conservation, tourism, development, stewardship, presentation and sustainability. Students are taught by international experts and have the opportunity of gaining heritage experience in China, take part in heritage study tours and undertake heritage work placements. Heritage Studies is an area of particular research strength at UWA as Western Australia is heritage-rich with 50,000 plus years of tangible Indigenous heritage and vibrant intangible heritage traditions.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Heritage Studies (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MHeri
Course code
12530
Course type
master's degree by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
083864J

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Benjamin Smith
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSARCY5104Working with Stakeholders
NSHERI5101Debates in Contemporary Heritage Studies

Indigenous Australian Heritage specialisation

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2INDG5101Indigenous Heritage Professional Placement (12 points)
Prerequisites:
48 points achieved from any units within the Graduate Certificate in Heritage Studies (12230), Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies (12330) or Master of Heritage Studies (12530)
S1, S2INDG5110Indigenous Heritage Dissertation (or Approved Equivalent) Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
48 points achieved from any units within the Graduate Certificate in Heritage Studies (12230), Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies (12330) or Master of Heritage Studies (12530)
S1, S2INDG5111Indigenous Heritage Dissertation (or Approved Equivalent) Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
completion of 48 points within the Graduate Certificate in Heritage Studies (12230), Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies (12330) or Master of Heritage Studies (12530)

Take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSHERI5102Foundations in Heritage Management
NSHERI5103The Business of Sustainable Heritage
NSHERI5104Intangible Heritage
N/AHERI5106Heritage Study Tour (12 points)
NS, S1, SSHERI5109Heritage Special Topic
Prerequisites:
a) 24 points in Heritage Studies, or b) by special permission of the Course coordinator.
N/AHIST5504History and Heritage
NS, S2INDG5108Indigenous Heritage Special Topic
S1, NSINDG5109Indigenous Heritage Study Tour (12 points)
Incompatibility:
HERI5106 Heritage Study Tour
NSLAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local

International Heritage specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSHERI5102Foundations in Heritage Management
NSHERI5103The Business of Sustainable Heritage
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5101Social Sciences Professional Placement 1
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 credit points in the Master of International Journalism or Master of International Relations or Master of Strategic Communication or Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication or Master of Heritage Studies or Master of Professional Archaeology or Master of International Development or double award Master of International Law and Master of International Relations or Master of Public Policy or Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies or Master of Asian Studies
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5102Social Sciences Professional Placement 2
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 credit points in the Master of International Journalism or Master of International Relations or Master of Strategic Communication or Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication or Master of Heritage Studies or Master of Professional Archaeology
Co-requisites:
SOCS5101 Social Sciences Professional Placement 1

Take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ARCT5505Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
Incompatibility:
ARCT5582 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts (GC)
NSHERI5104Intangible Heritage
NSHERI5105Heritage and Development in Asia
N/AHERI5106Heritage Study Tour (12 points)
S1, S2HERI5108Heritage Dissertation (or approved equivalent) Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
48 points completed from any units within the Graduate Certificate in Heritage Studies, Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies or Master of Heritage Studies
NS, S1, SSHERI5109Heritage Special Topic
Prerequisites:
a) 24 points in Heritage Studies, or b) by special permission of the Course coordinator.
S1, S2HERI5110Heritage Dissertation (or approved equivalent) Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
completion of 48 points within the Graduate Certificate in Heritage Studies (12230) or Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies (12330) or Master of Heritage Studies (12530); and HERI5108 Heritage Dissertation Part 1
N/AHIST5504History and Heritage
S1, NSINDG5109Indigenous Heritage Study Tour (12 points)
Incompatibility:
HERI5106 Heritage Study Tour
NSLAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
SSSOCS5200Digital Advocacy
Prerequisites:
24 credits at Level 5
NSSOCS5911Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places (12 points)
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of postgraduate study or approval by the unit coordinator. Students must submit a Researcher Profile Self-assessment prior to enrolment as part of an expression of interest in undertaking SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places. Eligible students must also complete the International Red Cross/Red Crescent 'Stay Safe—Personal Security' online module and present their certificate to the unit coordinator prior to commencement date. To register and access the online training go to: https://ifrc.csod.com/selfreg/register.aspx?c=sr-en.
Incompatibility:
SOCS5912 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places Part 2

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a relevant major;

or

(b) (i) a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Studies or Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 12230 Graduate Certificate in Heritage Studies (24 points)
  • 12330 Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies (48 points)
  • 12530 Master of Heritage Studies (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Heritage Studies course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points which must include course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Credit

13. The Faculty may grant credit towards the course for units up to a total value of 48 points in the case of students who have completed a relevant honours degree as recognised by the Faculty.

The Faculty may grant credit towards the course for units up to a total value of 24 points for students who have completed an Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.