Master of Liberal Arts (Museums & Collections)


Most coursework content draws from case studies provided by national cultural and collecting institutions in Canberra. The ANU has formed partnerships with numerous museums and collections in Canberra including the National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, and the National Library of Australia. These links mean that students have ready access to major national collections and exhibition venues.

Furthermore, the program can complement academic excellence with a strong professional emphasis, to ensure that students remain at the forefront of current research and issues confronting museums, galleries, and other cultural and collecting institutions.

Typical courses

  • Museums and Collections: Key Concepts and Practices
  • Exhibition Innovations Workshop
  • Indigenous Collections and Exhibitions
  • Internship 1 and 2
  • Managing Small Museums and Heritage Places
  • Museum Management
  • 6 and 12 unit research topics
  • Museums, Art and Society in the Asia-Pacific
  • Practical Skills in Exhibition Design and Delivery

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 (Museums and Collections).