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Museum and Heritage Studies

Activate your career in Museums, galleries and heritage
We examine how meaning is constructed in museums and at heritage sites through material objects, cultural practices, events and performances.

We are at the forefront of museum training and research in Australia.

We explore how publics engage with museum and heritage sites, including sites of trauma, commemoration and memorialisation and their role in urban and economic development.

With the Museum and Heritage Studies program you can further your career in the cultural sector or build on your undergraduate degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classics and Ancient History, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Education, English, Gender Studies, History, Indigenous Studies or another major with an equivalent skills and knowledge base.

Our study offering

The Museum and Heritage Studies Program at Sydney introduces students to the history and theory of museum and heritage practice. Our program is designed to equip you with professional knowledge and practical skills to think critically and creatively: vital attributes vital for of careers in museums, galleries and heritage sectors.

We offer three coursework options, all of which enhance opportunities for employment in museums and the growing area of local and global heritage.

Only the Master’s degree offers a capstone (a compulsory project) with a choice of professional and research tracks.

Individual application can also be made to undertake Doctoral Research in Social Sciences within this discipline.

* It is possible to transfer between courses to upgrade or downgrade your coursework options. For example, the Graduate Certificate can be completed independently or taken as a progressive step towards the Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies.

Students who take the Masters of Museums and Heritage program, have the opportunity of a full semester internship for credit at a leading Museum 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 Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and State Archives and Records NSW 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.

Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums

Course Director

Dr Chiara O'Reilly