Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies (International Students)

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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies will provide you with the diverse skills and developed knowledge base appropriate to multiskilled work in all kinds of museums. This course gives you access to more subjects in museum studies than the related Graduate Certificate, and consequently is highly regarded as a professional qualification. The Museum Studies program will help you to become an independent, innovative and creative thinker; have a commitment to reflective practice in museums; have an understanding of best practice standards in museum work; competently undertake a range of museological techniques; demonstrate ethical leadership in your chosen field of museum activity; and have a commitment to continuous improvement. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies will lead you to admission to the Master of Cultural Heritage.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should hold a pass degree with a major in a relevant discipline, from an approved tertiary institution; or an equivalent qualification.
  • Academic title
    Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies (International Students)
  • Course description
    Off campus studies
    International students can only undertake off-campus study while living overseas. Due to visa regulations, off-campus units are not available to international students studying in Australia, unless it is in addition to their full-time on-campus study mode.
    Fees and charges
    Fee paying place - International (IFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

    Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

    Career opportunities
    Graduates may find employment as practitioners in museums, heritage institutions, government agencies, private corporations, community organisations and in private practice.  Typical job titles include: curator, heritage officer, collections manager, registrar, public programs officer, researcher and project officer.

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    Course rules
    To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

        * 3 credit points of core units; and
        * 5 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units below

    Course structure

    Core units

    Trimester 1

    AIM721 Museums: Context and Issues  

    AIM723 Heritage Interpretation  

    Trimester 2

    AIM722 Collections and Movable Cultural Heritage  

    The 5 elective credit points give students the chance to extend their knowledge in ways that are relevant to their own learning goals. Students may select their electives from the specified list of AIM-coded units, or (with relevant approvals) from any other appropriate postgraduate units.

    Note: Students can gain relevant international experience through AIM717.


    Trimester 1

    AIM701 Heritage and Development in the Asia-Pacific Region  

    AIM705 Architectural Conservation Practice  

    AIM707 Building Conservation Techniques  *

    AIM709 Intangible Heritage  

    AIM725 Museums: Strategies and Marketing  *

    AIM726 Museums: Operational Issues  

    Trimester 2

    AIM703 Heritage Law, Planning and the Property Market  

    AIM704 Heritage and Sustainable Cultural Tourism  

    AIM708 World Heritage  

    AIM710 Shared Heritage: Issues and Perspectives  

    AIM714 Cultural Landscapes  

    AIM716 Heritage and the City  

    AIM727 Exhibitions  


    Trimester 1 or trimester 2

    AIM712 Cultural Heritage Research  

    Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

    AIM713 Cultural Heritage Research Project  **

    AIM717 Heritage in the Field  


    * Not offered in 2009, offered 2010

    ** Trimester 1 not available 2009, available 2010

    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicants previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

    Admission requirements - specific
    Applicants should hold a pass degree with a major in a relevant discipline, from an approved tertiary institution; or an equivalent qualification.

    Advanced standing - general
    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for advanced standing. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your advanced standing.
    Your advanced standing is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    How to apply

        * Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now.
        * Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office.
        * Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.

    Tracking your application:
    If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

        * If you applied online, log back into the Applicant Portal using your username and password.
        * If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
        * If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact that office.

    Alternate exits
    Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies (A529)

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