Archaeology is the study of past human societies through their material remains–the things people leave behind.


Being an archaeologist is not a dream but a very real job which is in high demand. The Archaeology major provides students with an overall view of world archaeological studies with particular emphasis on Australia, preparing you for a career in this field or other associated areas.

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Course description, features and facilities

Our expertise includes Indigenous, historical and maritime archaeology, unravelling the full breadth of Australia's rich Indigenous and colonial history. Archaeology is of crucial significance for the understanding of Australia's past as the only discipline able to study the nearly 60,000 years of human settlement on this continent. The analytical and practical elements of the discipline are taught within laboratory and fieldwork units which are held annually for two or three weeks. These are in combination with specialist units on rock art, Indigenous archaeology, historical archaeology, European prehistory, the origins of humans, and archaeological heritage. With an active focus on research and strong industry links, it is home to Centre of Rock Art Research and Management Eureka Archaeological Research and Consulting.

Visit the Faculty of Arts website for further information on Archaeology.

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Student profile – Mitchell Cleghorn

Studying Archaeology at UWA has opened up a world of possibilities. I have had the opportunity to work on international excavations and study under the tutelage of professors that are not only respected in their fields of research, but highly engaged with the academic development of their students.

The flexibility of the course structure allows students to individually tailor their degree to suit their own interests and aspirations giving everyone the freedom to pursue their own passions.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Archaeologists are in great demand by government departments,the mining and resources industries and other organisations both in Australia and overseas to advise them about archaeological matters.They are either employed by these organisations directly or they work as private consultants. Examples of other career prospects are in museums as curators and researchers or in the education sector

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Further study opportunities

Students can pursue further studies at honours level or in postgraduate research.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

Note: If you have already submitted an application, contact Admissions.

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Archaeology: the details

Available 2016
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12-15 hours plus own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Arts Student Office
M200 Ground Floor Arts Building
(+618) 6488 2091
Additional information