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Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation - 215JA

Course Code: 215JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice
UAC Code: 363066
CRICOS Code: 076968D
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

A unique focus on culture and preservation

Embark on a unique opportunity of cultural discovery and protection. Our Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation is the only undergraduate course of its kind in Australia. Located in Canberra, you’re in the perfect city with an abundance of world-class museums and cultural institutions at your fingertips. Choose to specialise in one area or opt for a holistic understanding of all types of heritage in a social, cultural and an historic context.

Study a Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation at UC and you will:

  • have the unique opportunity to study cultural heritage in all its forms
  • get a solid grounding in the principles and practices of heritage, museums and conservation
  • look at the philosophical, ethical and practical issues of cultural heritage that arise from histories of colonialism and Indigenous ownership
  • learn from an international perspective looking at the development of heritage on a global, national and local scale, with a unique look at the Australia-Pacific region
  • get the technical, cultural and historical know how, as well as the practical skills needed in a diverse range of professional fields
  • enjoy group work, field trips, exhibition visits, and a broad range of student activities that create a strong community amongst students.

Work-integrated learning

This degree takes a strong practical approach with opportunities to do internships at Australia’s renowned national museums and institutions. You may also have the opportunity to experience an international behind the scenes tour in a UK based heritage location.

Career opportunities

  • Museums and galleries specialist
  • Conservators
  • Curators
  • Collection managers
  • Heritage site manager/consultant
  • Heritage and cultural policy advisor

Course specific information

In light of your study, you may be eligible for the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) Student Conservator of the Year Award; acknowledging students who show a strong commitment to the conservation profession.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Email or Phone (02) 6201 2570 or 6206 3887

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2017 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2018 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation B HeritMuseum&Conserv

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2017 CSP $25,370
2018 CSP $27,150

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Students will gain cultural and historical knowledge, as well as technical and practice based skills, which can be applied in diverse professional fields, particularly cultural heritage management, museums and conservation. 1. Communication
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries
2. Analysis and inquiry
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way
3. Problem solving
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyze problems then formulate and implement solutions
4. Working independently and with others
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively
Students will acquire knowledge of the key disciplines for cultural heritage research (history, archaeology, anthropology) and the theory and philosophy of heritage, museums and conservation. Students will develop cognitive and creative skills in exercising critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence.

Students will also develop communication skills in presenting clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
2. Analysis and inquiry
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way

3. Problem solving
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyze problems then formulate and implement solutions
Students will understand the key ethical and professional issues associated with cultural heritage, museums and conservation. 5. Professionalism and social responsibility
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts and Design (Honours) course.


  • 2017->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2014->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2016->UC Bruce Campus-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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