Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

In this program students will learn how to identify, conserve and interpret objects and collections in museums and galleries and the role of museums within society. Today's museums are evolving. They're designed to be much more accessible and, as such, are attracting more diverse audiences every day. Innovation and new technologies are pushing the contemporary museum to think outside the box and to engage with audiences in new ways. The Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies is designed to provide students with the range of hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge required to work in all kinds of museums. Some of the areas students will study include heritage interpretation, collections and curatorship, cataloguing and documentation, and the ethical and legal implications of moving, acquiring or disposing of an object or collection. Students will also look at the role and function of exhibitions including budgets, planning, policy and audience involvement. As part of their studies students can undertake an internship or practical placements in Australia or internationally, usually in professionally-staffed museum or heritage organisations. Internships and practical placements involve working on one or more projects, as agreed with the host institution. Students will be required to spend a minimum of 10 working days on the placement. This can be undertaken full-time (e.g. over a minimum of two weeks) or on a part-time basis


  • 8 credit points of study comprising: 4 credit points of core
  • and 4 credit points of electives from a specified list


  • Museum studies, Collections and curatorship
  • Heritage interpretation
  • Understanding significance
  • Museums heritage and society

Standard entry requirements

a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

Study pathways

Credit for prior learning will be granted in accordance with university policy

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne Burwood Domestic: $21,200
International: $28,800
No information available Yes
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Full-time : 1 year

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