Honours Overview


Australian-trained archaeologists contribute to research, documentation and management of archaeological heritage in Australia and globally. The rapid expansion of archaeological work associated with development industries has created unprecedented demand for graduates with archaeological skills. Honours in Archaeology is the basic qualification for work in this field. UWA Archaeology Honours consists of two components. First are weekly seminars and visits to specialists on topics such as advanced theory, grant writing, resume building and interview skills, and topical issues in archaeology. Second is a research dissertation where students choose and follow through a supervised research topic. Students are part of a wider postgraduate community and have access to weekly departmental seminars, volunteer opportunities in the lab and field, and access to some of Australia and the world's leading archaeologists.


Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in archaeology; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in archaeology; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge with with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in archaeology; (4) identify, plan and implement an original research project in archaeology, including appropriate ethical issues; and (5) produce high-level oral and written communication appropriate to the discipline.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70 per cent in Level 3 Archaeology units or equivalent.

Intake periods

Beginning of year only


Honours in Archaeology can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
non-standard teaching period
Take all units (48 points)::
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
NS ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
NS ARCY4102 Archaeologists and Anthropologists at Work
Enrolled in Archaeology Honours
S1 ARCY4104 Advanced Methods in Archaeology
Enrolled in Archaeology Honours
NS SOCS4100 Social Sciences Research Skills
Enrolment in
any Honours Programme
or a Masters dissertation project.
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
S1, S2 SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1None
S1, S2 SOCS4141 Honours Dissertation 2
Successful completion of
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1