Master of Liberal Arts (Cultural & Environmental Heritage)


We offer a range of topics that provide a background to heritage theory and practice, as well as specialist topics that draw upon the expertise of ANU staff and international leaders in different areas of heritage. We provide a global outlook on heritage practice and our program reflects contemporary demands for a more comprehensive approach to heritage concepts. Individualised internship programs, strong industry connections and expertise in practice-led research combine to provide students with a strong sense of intellectual context as well as professional training. Courses are taught flexibly and we offer a range of learning approaches and intensive (short) courses.

Typical courses

  • Cultural and Environmental Heritage: Key Concepts and Practices
  • Physical Conservation of Historic Heritage Places
  • World Heritage
  • Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places
  • Connections to Country: Understanding Indigenous Heritage in Australia
  • Rock Art Field School
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Cultural and Environmental Heritage Research Project
  • World Rock Art
  • Managing Small Museums and Heritage Places
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Internship Programs
  • 6 and 12 unit research topics

Internships and Professional Programs

Cultural and Environmental Heritage students have the opportunity to learn on the job. Students may undertake up to 12 units of internship, which counts towards their degree and offers an excellent way to gain work experience. Internship courses are offered year-round, in semesters 1 and 2, and summer and winter sessions. The two courses may be taken over two semesters, or more intensively in one or two teaching periods. Students enrolled in the Master of Liberal Arts (Cultural & Environmental Heritage) (Research) also have the opportunity to undertake a more substantial professional development placement that counts toward their final assessment.

Career Opportunities

The Cultural and Environmental Heritage program will equip students to understand the conceptual underpinnings of environment and cultural heritage practice, to recognise the key issues affecting the quality of heritage practice, and to appreciate the complexities of planning and undertaking heritage projects and the issues of managing and presenting the outcomes of heritage to technical and public audiences. Graduates are well placed to pursue a variety of career options both in government and private practice in the areas of cultural heritage management, land management as well as specialist environmental and heritage advisory services.

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 Liberal Arts (Cultural & Environmental Heritage).