Archaeology

Why study Archaeology?

The buildings, utensils and tools of past societies can help archaeologists unlock the secrets of ancient community life. Archaeologists use artefacts and fragments from the past to study the economies, social structure, art and culture of past societies.

Graduates from La Trobe's archaeology courses have been employed in archaeological projects around the world including many new sites in Australia, including those related to proposed mining and construction developments.

Other careers open to graduates include a diversity of roles in heritage protection and preservation.

Career opportunities

Government heritage manager, private consultant, museum curator, academic.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

Courses

Featured course

Bachelor of Arts

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 4.5 years full-time (4 years in an accelerated program) or part-time equivalent 4.5 years

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent 5 years

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent 4 years

Graduate Certificate of Archaeology

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 6 months full-time or part-time equivalent 6 months full-time

Master of Arts

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: Two years full-time or part-time equivalent 2 years

Master of Professional Archaeology

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. 2 years full-time

Your study experience

Other ways into undergraduate study

Learn how you can plan a pathway into your preferred degree, including single subject entry. See also La Trobe University Access and Equity programs which support a variety of ways into undergraduate study for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage.

Archaeology placement opportunities

A guide on how to locate and apply for work experience opportunities is available at Careers. Visa restrictions may apply for International students. All students must have approval from Lecturer/Course coordinator.

External opportunities

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program introduces students of Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Australian Studies, History, Sociology and Social Sciences as well as graduates and qualified anthropologists.  For more information and to apply visit the Aurora Project website. Visa restrictions may apply for international students; consult La Trobe International before undertaking work experience.  All students must have approval from Lecturer/Course coordinator.

Overseas study opportunities

Ottoman Empire: Fourteenth to Twentieth Centuries

In this travel and study subject, students assess the cultural, social, architectural and political history of the Ottoman Empire to the era of the First World War and the inauguration of  the Turkish Republic. On location at historic sites in Turkey in Bursa, Edirne and Istanbul, the three Ottoman capitals, and on the Gallipoli peninsula and at Sakarya, students examine key periods of Ottoman history. This second- and third-year Mediterranean Studies summer-semester subject is offered by La Trobe University and run in conjunction with Australians Studying Abroad. See the Ottoman Empire course brochure [PDF 612KB] for an itinerary and application forms. For fees, scholarships and studying overseas guides, see the study abroad website.

Studying overseas as a La Trobe student

There are many other opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students can spend a semester or a year studying overseas at one of our partner institutions. Visit education abroad for more information on student exchanges or the study abroad program.

Studying at La Trobe as an international student

Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

La Trobe University Archaeological Society

The La Trobe University Archaeological Society (LAS) is a thriving community for anyone interested in archaeology. The Society hosts numerous events throughout the year, provides support to students and aims to maintain dialogue between students and staff of the University's Archaeology Program and industry.

Student and graduate profiles

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the last three years of study at La Trobe. I gained valuable research skills and work experience.

Mr Zachary Jones, Humanities and Social Sciences

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers.

View all staff in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences