Master of Archaeological Science


The programs offer a bridge between the humanities orientation of traditional Archaeology and the modern scientific principles, analytical techniques, and methods to archaeological research questions and field investigations. The Master program is designed to provide systematic training to students from either humanities or science-based backgrounds.

The Master of Archaeological Science offers internships and field trips within the program.

Typical courses

  • Advanced Field Training in Archaeological Science
  • Analysis of Mammalian Remains
  • Applied Geographic Information Science
  • Archaeological Research in Australia
  • Archaeological Science Research Project
  • Archaeological Studies Foundation
  • Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders
  • Archaeology, Climate Change and Society
  • Australian Archaeology
  • Climate Change Science
  • Contemporary Issues in Archaeology
  • Decay and Disturbance: Archaeological Formation Processes
  • Designing Research in Archaeology
  • Ethics, Issues and Consequences of Science
  • Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Genomics and Biotechnology
  • Health and Disease in a Changing World
  • Human Skeletal Analysis
  • Imaging Earth Structure
  • Indigenous Collections and Exhibitions
  • Introduction to Archaeological Science
  • Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management
  • Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
  • Introduction to Natural Hazards
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System
  • Introduction to Rock Art Research: Community Consultation and Documentation
  • Managing, Mapping and Detecting Archaeological Sites
  • Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction
  • People at Risk from Hazards in the Asia-Pacific
  • Quantitative Analysis in Archaeology
  • Science Communications and Creative Teaching
  • Scientific Dating and Isotope Analysis for Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology
  • Thinking about Hazards and People
  • Understanding Geological Hazards
  • World Rock Art: Global Perspectives on Rock Art Research

Our rankings

At the ANU you can learn from experts in your field. In the 2010 QS World University Rankings ANU was ranked number one in Australia and 13 in the world for social sciences, and number one in Australia and 17 in the world for arts and humanities.


Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Archaeological Science.