Study Options

In the list below we have tried to showcase all the major archaeological teaching programs available in Australia. We have included a web link to get you to the home page of the department for further details as well as a list of ‘Fields of Speciality’ for each institution. Please note that this may not cover all the courses or specialisations available at an institution. These change with changes in staff, research grants etc.

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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Department Fields of Speciality
Department of Archaeology & Natural History, Australian National University
  • Archaeological Science
  • Environmental Archaeology (includes Bioarchaeology, Geoarchaeology, Quaternary Science and Palaeoenvironments)
  • South East Asian Archaeology
  • Pacific Archaeology
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Rock Art (*Masters and PhD Postgraduate Programs Only)
School of Archaeology & Anthropology, Australian National University
  • Archaeological Science
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Palaeoecology and Zooarchaeology
  • Community Archaeology
  • Heritage and Museum Studies
  • Palaeoanthropology and Human Evolution
  • Rock Art Research
  • Indigenous, Historic and Contact Archaeology
  • Radiocarbon and U series Dating and Isotope Studies (with Research School of Earth Sciences)
  • Southeast Asian Archaeology
  • Pacific Archaeology
  • European Archaeology

Courses:

Centre for Archaeological Research, Australian National University
  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Materials Science in Archaeology
  • Pacific Archaeology
  • Vocational Training in Archaeology
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • South East Asian Archaeology
  • Quaternary Science & Dating

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

NEW SOUTH WALES

Department Fields of Speciality
School of Humanities, University of New England
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Rock Art Studies
  • Cultural Heritage Management
Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
Archaeological Computing Laboratory, University of Sydney
  • Computer applications in archaeology
  • Short Courses available
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory
Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Egyptology
Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives Research Centre (PANGEA), University of New South Wales Palaeoscience Research Centre

  • Ancient Biomolecules
  • Archaeology of Australia and New Guinea
  • Archaeology of East Asia
  • Archaeology Southeast Asia
  • Biological Anthropology especially Palaeoanthropology
  • Geomorphology
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Palaeontology
  • Stable isotope analysis
Centre for Geoarchaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Research, Southern Cross University
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geomorphology
  • Residue Analysis
  • Palaeolimnology
Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Archaeochemistry
  • Archaeochronometry
  • Archaeomaterials…with usewear and residues!
  • Bioarchaeology

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Department Fields of Speciality
School of Creative Arts & Humanities, Charles Darwin University
  • Indigenous Anthropology & Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology

 

QUEENSLAND

QUEENSLAND

Department Fields of Speciality
School of Social Science, University of Queensland
  • Indigenous Anthropology & Archaeology
  • Residue Analysis
  • Ancient DNA Analysis
  • Mesoamerican Studies
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Museum Management & Development
The School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, University of Queensland
  • Civilisations of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia
  • Greece and Rome Art, Architecture and Culture of ancient Greece and Rome History and Civilisation of the Celts in the Classical Period
School of Anthropology, Archaeology & Sociology, James Cook University
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Indigenous Anthropology & Archaeology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Celtic Europe
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Cultural Heritage Management
Faculty of Arts, University of Southern Queensland
  • World Archaeology Australian
  • Pre-European Archaeology
School of Arts, Griffith University
  • World rock art
  • Australian archaeology
  • Cultural evolution

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Department Fields of Speciality
Department of Archaeology, School of Humanities, Flinders University
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Professional Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management
  • Bioarchaeology
School of Humanities, Adelaide University
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Greek Archaeology
  • Roman Archaeology
Biological Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy Research Unit, Discipline of Anatomical Sciences, University of Adelaide
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Indigenous Health

 

TASMANIA

TASMANIA

Department Fields of Speciality
School of History & Classics, University of Tasmania
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology

 

VICTORIA

VICTORIA

Department Fields of Speciality
Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University
  • Indigenous Australian Archaeology
  • Australian Historical Archaeology
  • Palaeoanthropology and Human Origins
  • African Archaeology
  • Palaeolithic Archaeology
  • South Asian Archaeology
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Coastal and Island Archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology and Geochronology
  • Archaeometry
  • Biomolecular Archaeology and Palaeodiet
  • Archaeological Physics (e.g. Archaeomagnetism, Geophysical Survey)
  • GIS and Landscape Archaeology
Centre for the Archaeology of the Modern World, La Trobe University
  • The archaeology of Indigenous-European interactions from the point of initial contact through to the present day
  • The archaeology of migration, first from European source countries and later from Africa and Asia.
  • The archaeology of human impacts on colonised lands, particularly in Australia and North America, but also significant across the colonial world.
  • The archaeology of the modern city.
  • The development of methodologies that foster our capacity to engage in global scale comparisons of archaeological assemblages.
Centre for Classics & Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne
  • Egyptian Archaeology
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
  • East Mediterranean Archaeology
  • Cypriot Archaeology
  • Black Sea Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Greek Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Gender
  • Archaeological Theory
Centre for Archaeology & Ancient History, School of Historical Studies, Monash University
  • Egyptology
  • Classical Archaeology
School of Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • Methods and Theory
  • Field Archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Post-Colonial Theory
  • Rock-Art Torres Strait

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Department Fields of Speciality
Archaeology, School of Social and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia
  • Rock Art
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Indigenous Archaeology
  • World Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Viking Archaeology
  • Professional Archaeology
Archaeology, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Australian Historical Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Indigenous Archaeology