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Digging up the past for a fascinating future career

Do you have a passion for discovery? Are you interested in examining rare artifacts, fossils or evidence of ancient civilisations? If so, the fields of archaeology or palaeontology could be for you. 

While these two areas often intersect, they each provide diverse areas of specialisation. Archaeology is the study of human artifacts and remains, while palaeontologists explore prehistoric life forms (or fossils) and the evolution of life on Earth.   

At UNE, we have a strong research reputation and track record for discovery — from the 'Hobbit' in Indonesia, to aspects of Aboriginal history and culture, historical and maritime finds in the Australia-Pacific region, and trade and exchange research in the eastern Mediterranean.  

We are the only university in Australia that offers archaeology for online study and are leaders in the delivery of palaeontology courses online, with an excellent academic environment for you to conduct research in these disciplines at various levels, including Honours, Masters and PhD. Archaeology and Palaeontology can be studied as a major in our Arts degrees and the Bachelor of Science. It can also be taken as elective units in a wide range of other UNE degrees.  

We are also one of only a few educational institutions in Australia that offer an undergraduate program of study in palaeontology and are conveniently located in the heart of the New England Fold Belt, providing an excellent natural laboratory for studying diverse and abundant fossils.

Investigate our Archaeology and Palaeontology courses now. 

Courses by study level

Add an area of expertise to your CV and gain an undergraduate qualification — without committing to a full bachelor’s degree. You will develop research, critical thinking, and writing skills in the core units. With the minor and elective units, you tailor the course to your specific interests and career objectives by choosing from an extensive selection of arts, humanities and social science units.

With our Advanced Diploma in Arts you have the freedom to explore related subjects, or a range of different topics. With this flexibility, your advanced diploma can be customised to your aspirational and practical needs. It will also qualify you to go on to a Bachelor of Arts if you’re keen to continue your studies. Consider this course as a springboard towards future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 1.5 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online
Bachelor of Arts

Even though one of our longest-standing degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) is still relevant in today’s rapidly changing world. It equips you with the creative, critical and analytical skills in demand by employers, and is transferable across a range of workplaces.

Majors include: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient History, Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Australian History, Chinese, Classical Languages, Criminology, Cultural Heritage, English, French, German, History, Human Geography, Indigenous Studies, Indonesian, Islamic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Music, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political and International Studies, Physical Geography, Psychology, Screen and Media Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studies in Religion, Theatre and Performance, and Writing.

When you study a BA at UNE, you will become a specialist in a discipline of your choice, with the freedom to explore related subjects or a range of different topics.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
Bachelor of Science

Constant technological disruption and new discoveries in science influence every aspect of our lives, meaning that there has never been a better time than now to safeguard your future career with scientific knowledge and practical skills. With 20 majors to choose from, UNE’s Bachelor of Science is flexibly delivered by experts in research and teaching. Tailor your degree towards generalist or specialist science, while developing a broad scientific base and refining your abilities in critical analysis and complex problem solving. Our majors span the pure and applied sciences, with specialisation available in traditional disciplines and emerging fields.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online
Diploma in Arts

Are you looking to add an additional area of expertise to your CV to future proof your career, without committing to a full degree? Perhaps you just want to dip a toe into university study, with the option of continuing to an advanced diploma or even a bachelor’s degree? Well, our Diploma in Arts is the perfect way to achieve both goals. This course will equip you with a variety of fundamental skills and knowledge in a range of subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Contribute to world class research by completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours at UNE. Position yourself with advanced science knowledge in an era of rapid change. Our honours course goes beyond the normal practical and field training and provides you with a wide range of cross-disciplinary applied research opportunities to foster your development as a skilled research professional.

We offer a range of majors spanning the pure and applied sciences, working with UNE’s internationally recognised research disciplines. Our flexible, innovative learning environment equips you with advanced discipline knowledge and skills in critical thinking, data analysis and problem-solving to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Are you a graduate looking to add new skills to your CV to reinforce or redirect your career? Perhaps you are keen to pursue a personal interest in the arts or humanities. Or maybe you are interested in completing a master’s but aren’t sure if you can commit to a full degree. If any of the above fits your situation, the Graduate Certificate in Arts may be the perfect course for you. It offers an extensive range of subject areas to choose from, to extend your knowledge.

Majors include: Archaeology, English and Writing, History, Geography, Languages, Linguistics, Media and Communications, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political and International Studies, Sociology, Theatre and Performance, Water Sustainability.

In addition, you will be trained to discover and process information, think independently, communicate effectively, and exercise initiative – all skills that employers today are looking for.

Duration
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Adapt to an evolving workplace and open the door to new career opportunities with UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. Whether you want to create more career choices, hone your specialist skills, or take a new career direction, we will work with you to customise a course to match your skills and aspirations.

Choose from a full breadth of subjects. Avoid getting bogged down in a lengthy, traditional course, and instead, play to your natural strengths, refine your skills and draw on your experience to prepare for the future. And do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor with 1:1 guidance from start to finish.

Duration
  • 0.5 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Design a bespoke course and prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace with the UNE Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice. Whether you want to advance your career, hone your skills or embark on a new career direction, we’ll work with you to design a course to match your skills and aspirations. You will have the freedom to assemble your course from a full breadth of subjects, play to your strengths and draw from your experience to achieve your goals. Learn in a way that suits your timeframe and do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor — with one-on-one guidance from start to finish. You’ll be paving your pathway to the next stage of your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
Master of Arts

Employers value skills in communication, critical thinking and research — the core skills you’ll develop in the Master of Arts at UNE. A master’s degree can be a qualification to enable a career change or provide you with additional expertise to upskill in your current area of interest. At UNE you have the flexibility to choose a major from 26 specialty areas, dive into research, and tailor the course to suit your interests or professional direction. On completion, you will have developed the knowledge and skills that will better prepare you to deal with the diverse challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

A Doctor of Philosophy is the pinnacle of academic study. Using rigorous and systematic research, combined with critical analysis, you will add to society’s understanding of complex issues at the cutting edge of your discipline or profession.

When you complete your PhD at UNE, you will be recognised as an expert in your area of study. Your original discoveries and innovations will be applied to benefit society and industry in Australia and worldwide.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online
Master of Science

Understanding and discovery in science drives advancement, providing solutions to the world’s health, environmental, agricultural and technological challenges. UNE’s Master of Science allows you to study flexibly, to gain expertise and research training, and to contribute to current scientific knowledge. You will be supervised by internationally-recognised scientists and with opportunities to immerse yourself in UNE’s vibrant research culture and access to our world-class facilities, develop your skills as a research professional.

Duration
  • 2 years full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Bespoke Graduate Certificate: design your own 4 unit postgraduate course and have your work experience recognised in the process.
  • ‘Fundamental’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four fundamental units from a traditional degree. If you are planning a new direction, or adding a new set of skills to your portfolio, you may want to start with this option. These units provide a foundation, or a ‘base camp’, to return to if you want to later progress to a full degree.
  • ‘Advanced’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four advanced units from a full degree. This is a great strategy for staying current in your field, or advancing your knowledge.
  • ‘Critical Content’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four units from any of the available units in a degree to create a Critical Content Bespoke Course. This option lets you get the knowledge you need without the time and cost of a full degree.
  • ‘Mix and Match’ Bespoke Course: combine two, three or four units from different degrees and disciplines to design your mix and match Bespoke Course. This option lets you diversify your knowledge.

What our students say

Bachelor of Arts Archaeology student Colin Ahoy on a rock beside a local river

I've always been interested in the human history of my local region. Studying archaeology has given me the skills to understand more about the human past and bring the past into the present.

Colin Ahoy, Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) student

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Where studying Archaeology and Palaeontology can take you

Employment prospects for graduates include working in:

  • federal, state and local government departments
  • archaeological or palaeontological consulting firms
  • large corporations
  • engineering/environmental consultancies
  • Aboriginal land councils
  • museums
  • universities.

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What happens next?

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1. Decide on your course

Got any questions about a course you would like to study? Don’t hesitate to contact us, our Future Student team is standing by to help.

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2. Apply

2021 applications are now open. The application process only takes 20 minutes to complete. Don’t delay, apply now!

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3. Receive an offer, enrol and start studying

Your start date is based on the study period you choose to apply for.