La Trobe University

Graduate Diploma of Archaeology

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

Explore the past and build a better future How can we create a sustainable future if we're blind to the past? By exploring our history and understanding where we've come from, archaeologists shine a light on what it means to be human and how we - and all living things - have evolved with our environment. In increasingly uncertain times, we need this knowledge more than ever. If you're looking to quickly develop specialist skills in contemporary archaeological practice, La Trobe's Graduate Diploma of Archaeology will give you solid foundations for a career in archaeology and heritage management. You'll acquire comprehensive knowledge of Australian and Indigenous Australian archaeology, and you'll learn from renowned researchers in La Trobe's world-class facilities. You'll get hands-on experience as you choose from a wide range of subjects, including specialist studies such as heritage planning, community consultation, field techniques and more.


  • The Graduate Diploma of Archaeology is a 120-credit point course that consists of: Successful completion of 60 credit points of disciplinary core subjects
  • and Successful completion of 60 credit points of elective subjects chosen from an elective list.


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Archaeological Research Methods
  • Archaeology of Aboriginal Victoria
  • Australian Indigenous Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology in Australia
  • Managing Cultural Heritage
  • Objects, Things, & Artefacts (a): Managing and Recording
  • Objects, Things, and Artefacts (b): Analysing and Understanding
  • Practical Archaeology
  • Professional Archaeology
  • Research in Australian Archaeology A
  • Research in Australian Archaeology B
  • Research Skills

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Undergraduate requirements - Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • International: IELTS - 6.5 < 6.0 (PG minimum) - 6.5 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 6.0.
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website:

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (Bundoora) International: $37,400 Yes
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Melbourne (Bundoora).

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Friday, Dec 8 2023

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