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Honours in Archaeology gives you the opportunity to better your knowledge, research skills and career prospects.

Benefits

Structure

Eligibility

Enroling

After Enrolment

University Policy on the Honours Award

Recent dissertation topics
 

Benefits of Honours in Archaeology

  • Honours in Archaeology gives you a chance to conduct in-depth research.
  • An honours degree distinguishes you from regular graduates. There are better career opportunities and higher starting salaries.
  • An honours degree also gives you the research skills needed for jobs involving research and entry into postgraduate programs such as Master of Arts or the PhD.
  • Australian trained archaeologists contribute to research, documentation and preservation of archaeological heritage in many different parts of the world. Archaeology is also the only way to access most of Australia's 50,000 years of human history and provides a means for accessing the recent historical past and the past not revealed by documents. Archaeology is an essential element of the process of identification, interpretation and management of heritage sites and artifacts. Honours in Archaeology is considered to be the basic qualification for assessment of archaeological potential associated with development. This course prepares you for work as an archaeologist, through seminars on archaeological thinking and practice, and the completion of a research thesis where you analyse a body of material to address an archaeological problem.

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Structure and Units Available

The Honours course usually includes both a dissertation and coursework:

  • Four seminars (50 per cent of final mark)
  • Thesis and thesis writing seminar (50 per cent of final mark)

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Eligibility

  • Completion of an Archaeology major with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units
  • The approval of the discipline group(s) and the Faculty (part-time and mid-year enrolments are allowed)

To see the current entry requirements for Honours in Archaeology please refer to the Honours specialisations on the Future Students Website.

If you do not meet the standard requirements you may apply for admission to honours, but will need to make a special case.

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Enrolling

For information on How to Apply, including deadlines for applications, see the Future Students Website.

 

Current UWA Students can apply via Student Connect, external applicants will apply via our Online Application System (OASys).

It is also recommended that you speak with the Honours coordinator prior to applying, as they can advise you on supervision, pathways and entry requirements.

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After Enroling

Once you have enrolled:

  • You should start thinking about your thesis topic.
  • A thesis guideline will be made available in the first meeting
  • In the first week of semester you must provide a few sentences about your thesis topic so that you can be allocated a supervisor Information.
  • Familiarise yourself with the semester timetable and develop a plan for your honours semesters.

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University Policy on the Honours Award

For information regarding the structure, results, supervision, assessment and adjudication of the Honours Award refer to the University Policy on the Honours Award

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Recent dissertation topics

  • Once upon a ‘Dream-time’: investigating the relationship between the archaeological and ethnographic datasets in the landscape of the Weld Range, WA
  • Modernity, variability, complexity: debates in human evolution
  • Spatial analysis of archaeological evidence for macropod hunting in the Pilbara, WA
  • Modelling past fuel wood strategies and environments from archaeological charcoal analysis at Kalgan Hall, southwestern Australia
  • Gender in the archaeological record at Guildford gaol and police station
  • Big things from small packages: understanding the factors that cause variation in Australian Indigenous beads
  • Towards the archaeology of the vine: an ethno-archaeological study of the techniques and technologies employed by the Italian winemakers of Perth
  • Traps and tackle: a study into the evolution of fishing on the south coast of Western Australia

Devising, researching and refining your own topic is challenging and exciting.

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