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The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies is designed to equip graduates with professional knowledge and practical experience consistent with pathways to employment in museums and the growing area of local and global heritage. Read more
The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies is designed to equip graduates with professional knowledge and practical experience consistent with pathways to employment in museums and the growing area of local and global heritage. Now is an especially important time for research, teaching and debate within the discipline, as the museums and heritage industries are in a period of dynamic change and growth around the world. If you are considering further study and an academic career, there is also a pathway to further research in a higher degree such as a PhD.

The program explores collections, cultural processes and strategies that societies use to conserve, communicate and engage with museums and heritage, both tangible (for example, artefacts, buildings, landscapes and monuments) and intangible (for example, memories, cultural practices, crafts, drama, songs and skills). It examines how objects and heritage places are contested, managed and conserved both in the past and today. The program is concerned with the material objects, cultural practices, events and performances through which meaning is constructed in museums and at heritage sites. It is interested in how the public engages with museums and heritage, including sites of trauma, commemoration and memorialisation, and how museums and heritage sites have become important components of economic and urban development strategies in many cities and regions around the world.

Your learning experience in the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies will be enriched by access to the wealth of resources offered by the University museum collections and their curatorial staff. In addition, the program fosters strong connections with academic and professional networks such as the International Council of Museums and Museums Australia.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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The Master of Urbanism, developed in consultation with Industry and the Planning Institute of Australia is a pathway to specialisation as a professional urban planner, urban designer, heritage architect or consultant. Read more
The Master of Urbanism, developed in consultation with Industry and the Planning Institute of Australia is a pathway to specialisation as a professional urban planner, urban designer, heritage architect or consultant.

This two-year postgraduate program has been developed to address the urgent need for specialists in the planning, development and architectural industries who understand the complex interrelationships between the various aspects of environmental planning.
During the program, you will benefit from mentoring by leading industry experts, who will share the latest knowledge and provide direct professional input.

The core units of study will provide you with an overview of urbanism, and allow you to specialise in the areas of urban and regional planning, urban design and heritage conservation. You will develop a sophisticated understanding of the history and theory of these three areas, including their interrelationship, key concepts, analytical and technical skills.

Throughout your degree, you will be able to select from a range of electives to deepen or broaden your studies, including the option to take an international field studio placement (for domestic students).

The Heritage Conservation Stream within Urbanisation will allow you choose core units designed to develop skills in the assessment, interpretation, management, formulation of policy, and documentation of culturally significant places, including buildings, sites and cultural landscapes.

The course will introduce you to the design of new architectural additions, alterations and adaptations to old buildings of recognised value and the conservation of modern materials.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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Heritage Conservation teaches you the techniques, approaches and methodologies required to work as a heritage consultant in policy development or regulation enforcement, or as a cultural historian and commentator. Read more
Heritage Conservation teaches you the techniques, approaches and methodologies required to work as a heritage consultant in policy development or regulation enforcement, or as a cultural historian and commentator. This exciting field of study is much more than just the simple preservation of existing buildings. Instead, our Heritage Conservation program trains you to understand the social value and embedded capital of significant sites, and determine what should be preserved for future generations. Your degree in Heritage Conservation allows you to draw on our Faculty’s extensive history in this profession, being the first university in the Asia-Pacific region to offer a program in Heritage Conservation.

This program combines the technical and aesthetic principles of architecture and architectural history with the social value of our past. You will be educated in the use of new and old material, alteration design, additions and modifications to existing buildings, and the sustainable, ethical and equitable development of sites in light of its past uses. By engaging with history, your role as a heritage consultant is to provide value to building owners, visitors and cultural bodies, all of which have a shared interest in understanding, adapting and preserving our heritage.

Your core program emphasises the skills required for work with valuable heritage sites. These skills include the assessment, interpretation, management, documentation and formation of policy for culturally significant places, including buildings, sites and cultural landscapes. These core skills are taught by focusing on the duality of historic buildings – their construction (in terms of design and materials) and significance (culturally, historically, economically and socially). From this dual understanding, you will be trained to develop policy that reflects the importance of all aspects of a significant building.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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Graduates will gain skills appropriate to employment in applied research, planning and evaluation, and related positions across local and national governments, international organisations (for example UNESCO), and NGOs associated with natural and cultural heritage/ resource management. Read more
Graduates will gain skills appropriate to employment in applied research, planning and evaluation, and related positions across local and national governments, international organisations (for example UNESCO), and NGOs associated with natural and cultural heritage/ resource management.
Students will have access to the School’s own research institute – The Cairns Institute – an important centre for national and international scholars. It brings together the expertise and intellectual resources of more than 20 academic disciplines, creating a uniquely robust and relevant research, consulting, training and teaching hub for Northern Australia, South and South-East Asia and the Pacific.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Social Science, graduates will be able to:
*Demonstrate and reflect critically on advanced and integrated knowledge of social theory, practice and professional ethics in a single discipline or interdisciplinary field of the social sciences
*Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods in a single discipline or interdisciplinary fields of the social sciences
*Analyse critically and evaluate social systems, institutions, structures and/or practices
*Generate, analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex perspectives, arguments and sources of qualitative and/or quantitative data pertinent to complex social, political, historical, economic, environmental and/or cultural issues, particularly those related to quality of life in the tropics worldwide
*Interpret and justify to a specialist and non-specialist audience theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and, where appropriate, numeracy skills
*Design and execute a substantial social science research-based project with a high level of autonomy and accountability
*Apply social theory to research, demonstrating advanced understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, including recent developments, in a single discipline or interdisciplinary fields of the social sciences
*Respectfully and responsibly apply expert knowledge of diversity and difference among people, especially vulnerable and Indigenous peoples, in scholarship and/or professional practice
*Adapt and apply knowledge and skills to identify complex problems and pose creative solutions to social and/or environmental challenges facing peoples and societies in diverse tropical contexts worldwide.

Award title

MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (MSocSc)

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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