Course details

CRICOS course code: 0100732

Level of study: Undergraduate


What does it mean to be human? As the only discipline that looks at the human journey as a whole, archaeologists play a unique role in understanding the past, and building our knowledge of who we are and how we got here.

If you're endlessly curious about the past, La Trobe's Bachelor of Archaeology is the perfect place to develop specialist skills and knowledge, and build a rewarding career as a professional archaeologist or heritage manager.

You'll learn from renowned researchers in La Trobe's world-class facilities and benefit from both a hands-on and academic perspective.

Exploring Australia's rich and varied Indigenous cultures, as well as peoples from other ancient and urban societies around the globe, you'll develop in-demand, specialist skills in contemporary archaeological practice.

For students interested in further study or a global career in archaeology, the Bachelor of Archaeology will give you strong field skills applicable anywhere in the world.

You'll learn:

Archaeological fieldwork methods

Build the practical skills and knowledge you need to work in professional archaeology in Australia and overseas.

Ethical heritage management

Learn how to collaborate and communicate respectfully with traditional owners and local communities.

Ancient societies and civilisations

Learn how the human species evolved and spread across the world – adapting to new environments, transforming landscapes and developing new technologies.

Scientific methods of archaeological practice

Explore a wide range of scientific techniques and methods, including geophysical survey, geographic information systems (GIS), archaeomagnetic dating, and ancient DNA.


After graduation, you could work in specialist fields such as professional archaeology, cultural heritage management or research. The State of Victoria has robust laws protecting our heritage and, combined with continued government investment in infrastructure, there's very strong demand for archaeologists.

Possible roles include:

Professional archaeologist

Study human activity from the past. Recover artefacts, analyse samples in the laboratory and advise on sites of historical importance.

Heritage manager

Identify and protect sites of cultural importance. Advise government and non-government organisations on the maintenance and protection of historically and culturally significant sites and buildings.

Museum curator

Educate communities about the past while protecting and maintaining culturally significant collections.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
31,400 Per Year 18 Jul 2022 3 years
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086

Entry criteria

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0

TOEFL iBT: Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing

PTE Academic: Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50

C1 Advanced: 169 with no less than 169 in any component

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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