Undergraduate

Archaeology

Archaeology is the only discipline that studies all of human history. From 50,000 year-old Aboriginal sites in Western Australia, to yesterday's graffiti, it's all archaeology.
3
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

UWA Archaeology graduates are multi-skilled and in demand in Australia and overseas. Archaeologists enjoy multiple employment opportunities such as an academic, conservator, consultant archaeologist, educator, government and policy sector; especially heritage, museum researcher or worker, Native Title specialist or tourism worker. 


UWA Archaeology graduates are multi-skilled and in demand in Australia and overseas. Archaeologists enjoy multiple employment opportunities such as an academic, conservator, consultant archaeologist, educator, government and policy sector; especially heritage, museum researcher or worker, Native Title specialist or tourism worker. 


This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Honours is the minimum qualification required to call yourself an archaeologist. At UWA we have honours, masters, and PhD programs in Archaeology, plus a Master of Heritage Studies. Throughout your studies, you can undertake independent vocational training using the Arts Practicum.
Honours is the minimum qualification required to call yourself an archaeologist. At UWA we have honours, masters, and PhD programs in Archaeology, plus a Master of Heritage Studies. Throughout your studies, you can undertake independent vocational training using the Arts Practicum.

Fees and scholarships

Fees for this course are currently being finalised, refer back to this page in the coming weeks as more information will be made available then.

For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page.

You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2019
$93,300.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$95,100.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Study more than three million years of human history in all its facets. This major brings together specialist units of study such as archaeobotany, archaeozoology, dating methods, DNA analysis, fieldwork, heritage, human origins and symbolism, Indigenous archaeology, and rock art. You will develop practical skills through laboratory classes and fieldwork units, with three field schools held each year.

About the course

Archaeology is the only discipline to study more than three million years of human history in all its facets.
Archaeology

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Variable depending on your unit choices and level of study
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-ARCGY
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Archaeology
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Variable depending on your unit choices and level of study
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-ARCGY
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWART
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts

Uncovering the past - recent news

Uncovering the past - recent news

Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

Popular combinations

You'll learn to

  • demonstrate essential cognitive and social skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, ethical conduct and working in groups
  • display essential practical skills such as OHS practices, understanding legislation, fieldwork and lab-work skills, and working with diverse stakeholders

Unearthing secrets from the past

Work integrated learning

Our units include hands-on work integrated learning activities such as making artefact replicas, producing industry-standard archaeological reports, field and lab skills, and forensic competencies. 

We enjoy productive partnerships with, among others, Fremantle Prison, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Trust, Rio Tinto, and the WA Museum. These partnerships play a vital role in delivering the transferable skills to our students.  

Zane Blunt

Zane Blunt

Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

Why study this course?

  • Gain a comprehensive range of transferable skills that give you a competitive advantage in the job market.
  • Work with industry, government, Indigenous groups and the broader community to better understand the past and create sustainable heritage futures
  • Participate in internationally recognised, research-led, hands-on training in global and Australian archaeology, with access to the internationally recognised Centre for Rock Art Research and Management and Centre for Forensic Anthropology
  • Gain practical skills through labs and field schools
 

Patrick Morrison

Patrick Morrison
ARCHAEOLOGY

Hear about our major

A student analysing a rock

Why take a second major

  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed transferable skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Study your passion alongside your interests – Do you love Marketing? Law? History of Art? Pursue a career while studying something else you love! Your second major can be from any other faculty across the university.
  • No additional time – Choosing two majors instead of one won’t add any additional time to your undergraduate degree. A standard bachelor degree consists of the same amount of units either way.
  • Discover what you want to do while you’re doing it – Not sure what career you want when you graduate? It’s very common for undergraduate students to be unsure. Choosing two majors in different areas will give you the opportunity to explore multiple interests and see what fits best. Majors can be switched until the end of your first year without adding any time onto your degree.

Check out the popular combinations for this major to get some inspiration on complementary areas to study.

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