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Maritime Archaeology (1.5 years)

The Graduate Program in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders is the top named degree of its kind in Australia. You’ll learn practical skills in the classroom and gain valuable, career-ready experience in the field, with field schools and training led by award-winning, internationally recognised experts in maritime and underwater archaeology.

Get hands on in the lab with the latest digital technology, including 3D recording of artefacts and landscapes, marine geophsyics, conservation and diverse topics from historic shipwrecks to ancient submerged landscapes. Participate on archaeological projects interstate and overseas and obtain field experience through formal training in our field schools and practical topics. In the Masters Program, you’ll graduate with theoretical and practical training with an option to become a qualified Scientific Diver enabling you to participate on many scientific and archaeological projects around the world.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1.5 years
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $34,200
Location: Adelaide Campus, Australia
CRICOS code: 099208K
Delivery mode: On campus/ External

Careers in maritime archaeology are steadily growing, both in Australia and internationally. The Flinders program has drawn students from many countries (Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Italy and the Netherlands) and graduates now work professionally for underwater cultural heritage management agencies, museums and consultancy companies, as well as studying and teaching at universities all over the world.

What you will study

The program enables you to select from a range of topics covering the theory and method of maritime and underwater archaeology. In addition, a broad selection of topics in archaeology and related disciplines, such as geophysics or heritage management, are available. You can undertake fieldwork in both maritime archaeology and a number of archaeological contexts. Students without a background in archaeology may be required to complete extra study in archaeology.

Topics cover areas such as maritime archaeology in Australia, seafaring in the ancient world, and maritime archaeology field school.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Career opportunities in underwater archaeology are steadily growing.

Potential occupations include:

  • maritime archaeologist
  • heritage manager
  • museum content specialist
  • higher education professional
  • environmental consultant
  • heritage consultant
  • park ranger.

Potential employers include:

  • independent archaeological consultants
  • heritage agencies
  • museums
  • academic institutions
  • the public service
  • wildlife services and sanctuaries.