Bachelor of Archaeological Practice

Australian National University (ANU)

This program is designed to build students' knowledge of theoretical, interpretive and analytical approaches to archaeology enabling them to utilise this knowledge to analyse historical artefacts found in archaeological sites. Archaeology is a key to unlocking the mysteries of humanity's past. Professional archaeologists are involved in many tasks, including the discovery and excavation of archaeological sites, and the interpretation of the material recovered from them. The many technical and analytical skills required to undertake these tasks can be obtained through the program because it provides highly practical knowledge, skills and training in the methods of archaeological investigation. Students will undertake fieldwork and have the opportunity to participate in local or international internships during the course of their degree program. This then enables graduates to pursue professional careers in archaeology, for example careers such as a researcher, heritage consultant or field technician.

Course Fee:

International: $109,440

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent


144 units, of which: a maximum of 60 units can come from the completion of 1000-level courses; a minimum of 84 units must come from the completion of 2000- and 3000-level courses. Units include: 48 units of Archaeological Practice courses; 48 units from the completion of minors, 48 units from elective courses which may be offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences or any other College.

Subjects you can Study:

Archaeological practice; Archaeology; Environmental archaeology; Forensic and evolutionary archaeology; Regional archaeology

Study Pathways:

Credit may be granted for equivalent studies as appropriate at other universities.

Further information:

This program can also be incorporated into a double degree through the Flexible Double Arts, Social Sciences group, Flexible Double - Law group. This program can also be incorporated into a Flexible Vertical Double Degree - Postgraduate business, humanities and social sciences group and Postgraduate law group.


Graduates of this degree can apply for membership of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Incorporated.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00120C

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra No info No Full time 3 years
ANU was set up in 1946 as the national research institution by the Australian Parliament to enhance the economic, social cultural and intellectual development of the nation. Part of the Group of Eight, ANU is recognised as one of Australia's leading universities for education and is the only Australian member of the International Alliance of Research Universities.

Students at ANU engage with leading minds and learn from world-class researchers, with six Nobel Prize winners and two Australian prime ministers among its staff and Alumni. With over 170 partner universities across 37 countries, students have the opportunity to make global connections by going on an exchange, undertaking an internship or participating in fieldwork.

ANU has a mix of undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, many of whom live in University residences. International students come mainly from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA, with significant numbers also coming from Europe, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand.

The campus is located in the centre of the nation's capital, Canberra. Canberra is a university city and home to many national institutions. Offering a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the city has a high concentration of national museums and galleries, as well as cafes and restaurants. For the active, the capital is etched with bike paths and walking trails, and is surrounded by stunning Australian landscape. Facilities on campus include a wide range of student accommodation, modern laboratories and teaching facilities, five main libraries, medical services, sporting fields, gym, food vans and cafes.

The University provides specialised services to assist students, including a tailored orientation program, Counselling and Health Service, Academic Skills and Learning Centre, Disability Services and the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre. There are also many student clubs and societies for a diverse range of sporting, social and other interests.

Provider CRICOS: 00120C

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